Monday, September 04, 2006
"No one likes to lose. The thrill of victory after competition is hard to match. But the wins that leave the most significant, long-term impressions are the ones where you win against yourself. Beating a friend in a game of hoops is much less meaningful than setting a personal best time while running. We live in a highly competitive world, and everything around us screams that we've got to be number one in order to feel successful. Truly though, the best measuring sticks are your past and your potential-not against someone else's standards. Raise the bar for yourself!"
I think this is partially why I am getting fired up about running. Each time that I push my running interval just a little longer, I am beating what I had done before. It's a never-ending competition with myself. I will definitely have to remember that in my first races coming up - even in the 3K walk next weekend, I will be walking against people that have done this before. I haven't. I need to have this initial jumpoff to have a measuring stick against which to measure my progress. And regardless of whether or not I finish first, middle of the pack or dead last, I have beaten myself in this road by overcoming the excuses.