Wednesday, February 12, 2014
You are not special!
David McCullough Jr. (Wellesley High School - You are not special commencement speech)
I found this today on a Marius Schwager's blog and it really hits home for me. When I started my weight loss and running I have tried to do it for just one person, me. I often tell people I am nobody special, which I am not. As I prepare for races I am usually fairly quiet and like to let my result be a reflection of all the hard work I put in (or unfortunately did not put in). I realized when I signed up for my first 100 miler that I could not do this for the acceptance of others or the recognition of doing something so crazy. I made a deal with myself before ever signing up I wouldn't do so until I could answer two questions honestly. First, could I look myself in the mirror and genuinely say that I would still sign up even if my friends didn't. Second, would I still have the motivation to train properly every day even if I had to run every training day alone. I signed up for the Bear 100 in July and ran a great majority of my runs alone. There were several friends that did that race but we didn't spend much time on the trail together chatting. I am happy to say that I never had even the smallest thought of quitting or not finishing that day...or any day since.