I finished my ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon. It had the dreaded three: hot, hilly & humid. I’ve done hot & hilly halfs before so I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong & I was very disappointed with my finish time, one of my worst.
And then I read Tahira’s blog: I finished my race but did I quit on it? Was my “why” not good enough? Important enough to me?
Here were my goals for the race:
- Finish, not in pain, & feeling like I could still run.
- Finish in 2:46-9 if it’s hot & humid.
- Run more hills than in Redding Road Race.
Did I meet my goals? Zip, zero, nada. Well, I did finish & I wasn’t in pain, but I didn’t come close to the rest of them.
My intentions for the race:
- Push through when things get difficult.
- Enjoy the race.
Do you see the problem here? Those aren’t intentions – they’re goals! There really was no why for the race. Oh, there was add another state & let’s do it because I can, but why deep down, did I really want to run this race?
I had no why & yup, I sure did quit way before the finish line.
I’m so glad Wendy posted about that post, because now I have to put my thinking cap on: I have a race Saturday – I don’t want to quit on this one. And now I know I need a better why. This race is only 4 miles, but I can still finish & quit by not pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
if you can dream it, with intention, you can do it
– Deepak Chopra
I am not a quitter. It’s time to dig deep & find my why.
What is your why? Have you ever finished a race but quit on it?