"A 12 minute mile is just as far as a 6 minute mile."
I saw this statement somewhere recently and it's totally stuck with me. I think about it a lot actually - it's very powerful.
I was a little rushed Saturday after my race and didn't write this - but hands down my FAVORITE thing about going to races is the feeling I get when I'm surrounded by so many incredible, strong, goal setting individuals. There is so much empowerment and strength within each person and it inspires every ounce of me.
I absolutely admire and and inspired by those who go speeding across the finish line with fast times, however for whatever reason, I gain the greatest inspiration when I meet or see individuals whose accomplishment is not to be the fastest, but simply to finish the race. It's one reason I love "out & back" courses, because I am able to see the faces of amazing people who are running in front of me, and behind me. And somehow my emotions are always so much stronger when I get to see those behind me. I feel a strength and energy from runners that I cannot compare with anything else.
We are all in the same race. Every single finisher recieves the same medal and the accomplishment is just as great for the first person to cross that finish line as the last.
This is my love of running and racing. Yes it's in pushing myself and becoming better and stronger, going faster and further - but more than that - it's in the strength I feel when I'm surrounded by people who inspire and amaze me. There is so much power in a race and we all accomplish the same goal -- to finish. 💙
So on this Monday, here's a shout out to every single runner. Thank you for motivating me continually.