Last week I had a really great running week. I got a PB on my 5k time and ran 10K. I haven’t ran that far in a really long time.
I was really proud of myself and started reflecting on how far I have come. How did I get to where I am today. When I talk about my running goals with others, sometimes people think I was always a runner. Just naturally good at it. Let me tell you there was nothing natural about it.
When I started running I was SLOW. And I mean SLLLOOOW!!! I also could only run for about 5-10 minutes. In fact, one of my first running goals was to run 10 minutes straight without stopping.
I was a little ridiculous actually, I moaned, I groaned and wheezed. Oh my gosh! I remember looking at Drew like it was yesterday, sweaty, wheezing and saying “I think I have asthma” I have no idea how he kept a straight face.
I also remember asking my doctor “I think there’s something wrong with me.” “Oh! What’s up?” he responded.
I said “Every time I run I get this really bad pain in my side.” He looks at me and says “Dear, there’s nothing wrong with you. You are just out of shape.”
I can laugh at that now but boy was I not happy with that response at the time.
It’s taken me years to get where I am today. To get faster, stronger and better. I’ve had to put in a lot of time and a lot of miles. Never giving up on my goal. Picking myself up on the hard days. Dusting myself off after defeat, getting up again the next day and hitting the pavement. Even when I didn’t feel like it.
As I was running yesterday I got to thinking. Isn’t that how life goes. If you want something, like really want something, you chase, you grind, you don’t stop until you achieve it. Nothing comes easy. Nothing is handed to you, you gotta work for it.
Wake up with purpose and go to bed with a dream. Day after day, after day. Put in the reps, put in the time and eventually things will come to fruition. Sometimes it happens so gradually that you don’t see it coming. It kinda sneaks up on you.
The problem is most people STOP! And usually I see people stop when they are just about at the peak. So close to success. Why do we fear success? Why is it when we are so close to success we give up. We throw in the towel.
I can only think of one thing. It’s HARD my friends!!! There are no days off, there are no breaks, no sick days, no holidays. You wake up every single day and GRIND. No matter what!
The problem is, when we don’t see instant results or outcomes aren’t happening as quickly as we want them to we give up. We make up excuses as to why we can’t. We tell ourselves stories about why other people CAN and we CAN’T: “They were born like that”, “They are a natural”, “It was given to them” etc. etc.
Drew and I do a lot of research, we study a lot of successful people and let me tell there are very few, if any that were given everything, that were born into their success.
They worked for it! Stayed on the GRIND! When things got tough or things didn’t work out they found another way. That’s what we all need to do.