Think about the last time you raced. Not the last race you participated in, but the last race you really raced. I’m talking salt-and-snot covered face, can’t walk the next day racing. Where you put it all out there for everyone to see. In these moments of extreme effort, we’re vulnerable – physically and mentally. But you also don’t pretend these moments were easy. No, you show the world just how hard you worked. You wore all your training on the outside, and it showed. Some people praised this effort, cheering you on, encouraging you in your pain and facial distortions. Some recoiled in your aftermath, afraid that the salt/sweat/snot/blood mix from your exertion may rub off on them. But you know you put it all out there.
"Standing on the starting line your knees trembling, heart racing, palms sweating, and mouth dry as the Saharan desert. It's a feeling we as runners know all too well. The nerves that overtake us make us question our reason for putting ourselves in that moment. The training prepares you for the race, but you still have to fight on the day. You have to go through the race, show up, and be ready to embrace the pain.”