There Is Still More To Give
Have you ever pushed yourself to the limit and found out there was more?
At the beginning of this year I ran a 50 mile trail race. I was brawling it out with this one guy. We kept yo-yoing back and forth with the lead. I’d feel good, catch up to him and pass him for some miles. Then I’d hit a rough patch and he’d pass me. We did this for the last 25 miles of the race.
With 3 miles to go he had really opened up the distance on me. My legs were dead. I was exhausted and was reduced to walking. Then I saw my son and my father. I remember my dad say, “Come on buddy you have 3 miles to go. You can catch that guy, he’s dying!” I felt a renewed surge of energy. I was filled with focus, drive, and determination. I went from walking and slogging through a 16 minute mile to running 7 minute miles.
My legs let loose.
I could see my prey up ahead on the long dirt road.
I kept getting closer and closer…
I passed him with 1/4 of mile from the finish!
Because I was able to push myself and pass this guy, I won first place in my age group. This was such a powerful experience. It helped me realize that when the body says no, your mind must be committed to move forward. If you can do that, there is no stopping you.
When life pushes you and beats you down; when you think there is nothing left, there is always more. Always. Let loose.
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