Monday Meditation: Look Back

29 Apr

With Spring racing season starting to pick up and fellow bloggers writing recaps and getting ready for upcoming events, this quote seemed appropriate.

“You also need to look back, not just at the people who are running behind you but especially at those who don’t run and never will… those who run but don’t race…those who started training for a race but didn’t carry through… those who got to the starting line but didn’t in the finish line… those who once raced better than you but no longer run at all. You’re still here. Take pride in wherever you finish.

– Joe Henderson, Runner’s World Magazine

Sometimes we can get really caught up in competing with ourselves and others that we overlook the powerful meaning of simply finishing a race. Maybe you didn’t get that PR, you hit the wall or you had to stop and walk. It can be easy to focus on disappointments, but keep in mind that you have still gone further than those who can’t or won’t.

Whether it’s a 5K, half marathon, or ultra, you earned the bragging rights. It doesn’t matter if you come in 4th or 5,004th place, crossing the finish line is an accomplishment. Wear those finisher medals and race shirts proudly, they aren’t just swag – they are badges of honor.

Here’s a little laugh for your Monday:

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One Response to “Monday Meditation: Look Back”

  1. Janel Kretser May 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Lol!! I will be reminding myself of this daily!!

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