The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become. — Charles du Bos
It’s 6am on race day. I’ve consistently told myself and others that this is a training race, one to learn more about staying steady and focused in a middle distance run. I ran it last year, and I know it’s a crowded race. My goal, I’ve said repeatedly, is to beat last year’s time. Secretly, I have a goal in mind. Then yesterday at the expo, I ran into some friends who said, “oh, I’m not going all out tomorrow,” and I quickly agreed with them.
As i sit here now, waiting to wake my husband up, I am thinking about some conversations I’ve had in the last couple of weeks. One was about how the excuses-before-the fact become reality. If I say I might just bail on a long training run because I’m “just not feeling it,” chances are that I will bail on the run. The other was a matter-of-fact comment by my spring coach on Tuesday night. He was reminding me to modify my training because I was running today. I don’t know what I said, but he simply stated – not opined – that I would have a good run because I was ready.So I’m going to run my race today, and try to not only beat last year’s time, but reach my goal. I have a reach goal, a realistic goal, and a “I’m going to be not-so-happy-if I don’t reach it” goal. The weather’s great, I’m rested, and I’m ready to go.
The real lesson: good is the enemy of the best. When I give myself the option of settling, it’ery likely that I will have to settle. And where’s the fun in that?