I’ve kept this quote in my inbox for a few weeks:
“Winning is not about headlines and hardware [medals]. It’s only about attitude. A winner is a person who goes out today and every day and attempts to be the best runner and best person he can be. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up.”
– Amby Burfoot, Editor-at-Large, Runner’s World
The bolded words below are on my RoadID bracelet:
“…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,”
– Hebrews 12:1
At about mile 8 of today’s Presidio 10, my mind started saying funky stuff like:
“You can walk.” “You’re way ahead of your race plan, take it easy.” “The people you were pacing have pulled ahead – give it up.”
I pressed, “held the towel,” and kicked it at the mile 9 marker – not at my planned, final mile pace, but ahead of my mile 9 pace…still finishing under my overall race plan.
Training Journal – 4/15/12:
- Current plan: 10-Miler Training
- Today’s session: Presidio 10(10 Mile) in San Francisco.
- Comments: Great, great race – even with some late-race, mind games. More tomorrow in a race report, but I did better than my plan.