R U N D A Y M O T I V A T I O N
Ended my week in Portland with a win and .1 second off of my PR. This season hasn't turned out exactly the way planned but that's ok. I'm constantly learning so much about myself and my character through this crazy ass sport. Things I would have never learned if the success came easy. The biggest things I've taken away from the season so far are that I'm committed and I am 100% bought in and I no longer need to ask myself the question , "is this meant for me?" This is my passion and I will continue training and competing at an elite level for as long as my two feet will carry me. Another thing I've learned this season is that running is something I love to do, and something I am good at but it does not define me in anyway and I've been able to remove some of my identity from it and that has actually helped me tremendously in getting to the next level. I used to look around and see professional runners and feel they were superior to me all because of an arbitrary time that they ran in a certain event. I've realized that it's nonsense and we are all human beings, imperfect, striving ,human beings, all with the potential for greatness. I think we as humans get caught up in superficial things and take ourselves a little too seriously sometimes. I've learned to relax. I feel honored when I get to toe the start line with olympians, world record holders, and women who "are faster than me" but I no longer strive to be like them. I strive to be like me, a young woman who's fallen in love with the process of striving for greatness and pushing past limitations and barriers, who has a natural desire to compete, and loves the intensity and rush of toeing the start line, crossing the finish line , and walking away always wanting to improve no matter the outcome. A young woman who also loves to think of new business ideas and plans to one day own one of her own, who loves to mentor and coach the youngins', and plans to do that the rest of her life as well, who craves unfamiliarity and the unknown, and is always curious to learn more, in anything. Who's just striving to be a better person, everyday, forever.