Giving: hand over to
Perhaps being a slower runner actually helps me at times (that, and being just a wee bit stubborn): I don’t have to worry about age group awards. Unless I’m the only one in my age group, not gonna happen.
I just had the best race of my life a few weeks ago (maybe you read about it here?). And I came in 26th out of 38 female runners in my age group. Yes, next year I will move up into a different age group. No, I’m still not expecting to win any age group awards.
Expecting an age group or personal record? That is giving a lot of power over to a time. And that time is influenced by so many things out of our control: the weather, how we’re feeling, the race support, the course, etc.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
I didn’t put pressure on myself to PR on a flat course. Maybe it’s a good thing that I just assumed it would be warm and humid, and knew that in such conditions I don’t race well.
Now, you might think that that is, indeed, giving up. People can push through bad conditions to run their best, but I have had hot race after hot race that has proved to me that I am unlikely to.
Perhaps by giving up my PR aspirations I actually set myself up for success. I will almost always try my hardest, but I was simply watching my pace and not my elapsed time, and not trying to calculate my potential finish time in my head, either.
It is very odd that giving up can lead you to your best race
Tell me in the comments:
Can you think of situations where giving up is a good thing?
Do you find yourself giving up when you think you can’t reach a goal?
Are you growing just a little tired of “giving” right now?