Most people probably think of money when they here that word. I think of miles.
You get out what you put in.
For me and my NYC Marathon training partner Victor, this was sort of our motto while training. We could always be doing more. We ran grueling bleacher workouts and hit the track once every week. Mile repeats one minute faster than our goal pace (more like 1.5min faster for Vic). We added long run after long run and stacked up the miles all summer long. Our goal was to use our finishing time in NYC to qualify for the Boston Marathon. We had to run this Marathon in less than 3 hrs and 5 minutes to qualify. We were prepared for anything. Even 20-30mph swirling winds with gust up to 40mph weren’t going to stop us, right?
We were zapped around miles 14/15 and we recorded terrible times considering our training and preparation. Never have we been more prepared for a race, only to fall terribly short of our goal. For me it was a personal worst time for 26.2 miles. Yeah…We could blame it on the wind. We could blame it on the hills. We could blame it on so many factors, but everyone knows what excuses are like…
This isn’t a pity piece, so if you’re feeling sorry, don’t. We’ve been through that. This is a proclamation piece. A proclamation of determination for all runners chasing their individual goals. Whether it’s finishing a race in a certain time, or simply finishing a race.
Running is determination and determination is fire. Use that fire through the training, through the injuries, through the pain, through the constant investment your body and your mind make. If you stay determined through these obstacles, you will complete your goal.
It’s really that simple.
That way didn’t get you the results you were looking for? Go back to the drawing board and try something different. Come back with an intensity no one has ever seen from you before. Light that fire under your ass and carry it with you everywhere you go. Eat, sleep and breathe with it burning. Let everyone see it in your eyes….And when you’re ready to get that return on your investment, unleash the inferno and burn your goal to the mother F-ing ground.
Now pick another goal….