Heart racing, breaths deepening, everything surrounding you gets fuzzy.
I can’t quite explain what it feels like. The room around you fades to grey and all you know is yourself.
Nothing else matters, nothing else is present. Just you and your work.
Sometimes it’s the ones most hard on you that know just when you need that extra push. Or yell. That reminder to keep moving. The clock is against you. They will not hesitate to tell you that.
Faster, harder, stronger. It’s the only way. Or someone else is going to beat you to your glory.
You’ve worked too hard for that to happen. Show it off.
So things have been rough. Everyone screws up. The only important part is that moment you reach the end.
That moment when you look into someone’s eyes and you connect. Realizing that for the first time,
YOU see what everyone has seen in you for so long now.
One set of words echoes in my head. “Did we learn something tonight? That you really can do this?”
It’s really simple. Almost too much so. But those 2 sentences mean the world to you when you are on the receiving end.
And for the first time in your life, you are ready to thank yourself. Not just them.
Because you did it.
Every step, every word, every heartbeat, every drip of sweat. It was all you. There was no more fear, no more hesitation. You went for it and you took it.
As you start to come into focus again and your surroundings reappear, it is in the moment when your eyes connect with someone else’s in the room that you see how truly awesome what you’ve just done is.
This is something I wrote a while ago (maybe almost 2-3 years), yet when I was reading it I was amazed at how true it rings for my life right now and for the 5ks. Sorry, I know, shut up about this topic already!! But I can’t. 🙂 This seems to kindof capture the feeling I have when I’m out there on the course, why I do it, and what it feels like at the end. You see, as I’m heading off to Boston, I’ll leave you with a little problem to ponder that I’m facing. It’s not really a problem, but still.
I don’t just want to walk or run 5ks. I want to be good at them. Really good. Finishing with the pack kind of good. Something definitely changed inside of me this last race!!