“It takes something extra to be a runner. To willingly subjugate ones self to daily punishment for seemingly no reward. That honest defiance of today’s “I want my results now” mentality is what sets us apart.
There is no magic pill.
As runners, we know we won’t be better tomorrow from what we do today (in fact, tomorrow, we’ll probably be worse than we are today). Tomorrow is not the goal. The goal is weeks from now, months from now, years from now. The acceptance of deferred gratification is what sets us apart and makes us unique. (The fact that the overwhelming majority of us do it without ever being paid a penny just makes us weird.)
[quote from ultra brad]
Here are some quotes from a long time ago, but will always have an impact on my life. It’s one of the reasons why I am running again.
“Dang, kid, it’s been great watching you grow up this year. You remind me so much of your brother. It’s hilarious. Dang, dude, you have so much potential. All you have to do is grow some b***s (syn. courage..). You’ve got an awesome kick, but you just have to put that effort for the beginning and middle of the race. Good luck next year!”
-J.T. (HS Senior XC Captain), 2001
“This team needs some leadership from its veteran runners and you can play a major role in this aspect. Continue to train hard and be a leader. And don’t think I didn’t notice your huge improvements from last year. Great job!”
A Final Thought..
“To be totally honest, I was a little uncertain about how you felt toward me at the beginning of the season. You rarely talked to me and that made me feel a bit apprehensive. But your actions immediately put me at ease as they spoke volumes about you as an athlete and as a person. I can’t remember a practice that you didn’t show up to or a practice that I worried about you dogging the workout. You are probably the most consistent athlete on this team. I couldn’t be happier with choosing you as a captain in the summer because you exemplified everything that I would want in an athlete.”
-Coach C. 2002