"Don't Give Up ... Don't Ever Give Up" - Motto of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, quoted by Jimmy Valvano, legendary college basketball coach who died of bone cancer in 1993
What keeps you going when you're tired?
What drives you to push through the weakness & pain?
What's the one thing that lifts one foot in front of the other when you want to stop, go home, or quit?
I'm always interested to know what makes people tick and what drives them when they want to give up during a workout or run. Not necessarily why they start ... there are millions of awesome reasons why we all start! Wonderful charities, personal goals, bucket lists, health ... but once you're out there, what makes you stay out there and keep moving?
There seem to be a few different forces that drive me ... the desire to improve, a huge sense of accomplishment when I'm done, wanting to impress my family, and just simple insanity. But I think one of my biggest motivating factors is fear ... or maybe it's insecurity. It's a driving characteristic that a lot of first born children from poor families inherit. It can be a blessing, but also a curse at times. I'm afraid of quitting. I'm afraid of not meeting my goals. I'm afraid of letting myself, and people close to me down. And I'm afraid of failure ... even though most of the time I place very unrealistic expectations on myself, and everyone else. Probably not fair, I know ... but it seems to be who I am.
But also, I think it's the fear of being plain, or normal, or just like everyone else. Now believe me ... deep down I know I'm way more ordinary than I want to admit or accept. Running 13 marathons in 30 months can give you this false sense of "Hey, I'm really something!" And while it's a really cool accomplishment for me ... I know that thousands, if not millions of runners have way more impressive resumes. I'm not in their league homie! But I love being able to walk into a room and think to myself, "I'll bet no one in here got up and ran this morning." Or knowing that out of everyone at my company, neighborhood, or community - only a few have completed a 5K, triathlon, half-marathon, or marathon ... ever! Is it solving world peace or curing blindness ... no, it's just running. But it's a daily practice of pushing myself and never giving up. And for a moment, it makes me feel like I stand out, like I've done something amazing, or like I can do anything I set my mind to... and yeah, I guess it makes me feel a little less ordinary!
So even though I'll never break the first place tape at a marathon, or run in the Olympics, or set any speed or endurance records ... I find a reason to keep going ...
What's yours?... be great today!