“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”
Love. This. Quote.
The first time I saw this, I was quickly reminded of the 25K I did in May. I think it has so much applicability to every area of life, but that race was by far one of the most challenging experiences of my life thus far. After training the year before and getting sidelined with an injury, then getting sick and having to cut back on training with less than a month before this year’s race, I really wasn’t sure if I could do it.
The first eight or so miles? Awesome. I can honestly say I have never enjoyed running more than I did in that moment.
Then we had to turn around and head back towards the finish line. All hell broke loose in my body. The cold started getting to me, the hills were a killer, my muscles were getting so tight. I was miserable, absolutely miserable.
I questioned if I could make it to the finish line numerous times in the second half of the race. That inner voice in my head vacillated between “you know you can do this” and “there is no way you’ll make it to the end”. More often than not, I thought I couldn’t do it.
But, I did.
I crossed the finish line.
Sure, I was one of the last to finish and my time was far higher than I had hoped, but I finished no less.
When I did my first 5K ever it was a part of the same event and I remember looking at the 25K finishers picking up their medals. I wanted that. I would earn one someday.
I look at that medal with pride.
I will never say I failed because I didn’t. I finished what I set out to do. Was I disappointed in how I did? Yes, completely. But, do I let that overshadow what I accomplished? No…at least not most days. Not everyone in the world can say they finished a 15.5 mile race and I am so proud of myself that I did.
I can’t wait to take on that course again in 2011 and do it better the second time. Oh, and a marathon? Yeah, I’m coming for you, too.