A friend of mine’s husband posted this quote on FB this morning and I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate to share with my blog friends:
“Most people never get there. They’re afraid or unwilling to demand enough of themselves and a take the easy road, the path of least resistance. But struggling and suffering, as I now saw it, were the essence of life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not constantly demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”
(Dean Karnazes, if you don’t know, is probably the most famous ultra-endurance runner most known for running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days in 2006. The NYC marathon was the last one of the 50/50/50 which he turned in a 3:30. UNREAL! Even more unreal, after the 50/50/50, he decided to RUN home to LA from NYC. I don’t think he made it the whole way but ran to like Missouri or something but regardless, talk about a guy who knows a bit about “suffering.” He wrote the book Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All Night Runner – read it!!)
Also, my athletes: think about this quote and this guy the next time you decide that that interval is just too hard, that you’re just not feeling up to your run or that you think you can’t do it. Think about this quote in your day to day journey though life! I know I will.
(Thanks Butch Holt for posting this quote – I loved it and I know you, of all people, know how to suffer with the best of them!)