Saturday, August 29, 2015

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.-- Vince Lombardi

I'll never know why I chose running over every other sport that is more ubiquitous where I am from. I love football but after a certain point football sort of ends. Lots of guys I know play pick up basketball. The vast majority of people I know have moved on to simply going to the gym or cross fit or some other fitness activity. I know very little people that have taken to running. Let me rephrase that. I have little to no friends or acquaintances that run. The only friends I know that run are the ones that I met as runners.

Running is a lifestyle and culture. Running has a community of 55 million or so. I am an active member of this community and the funny thing is, if I never met another runner, I still belong to the community. Even the most recreational of runners will set a goal to do something better. Or they might set a goal simply to feel better. Runners, those that call themselves runners first, in general will not say that they run in order to lose weight. Running to them is not cardio. Calling yourself a runner is akin to calling yourself Italian, Spanish, Black, White, Male or Female. It becomes part of your identity. "Yeah, I'm a runner" is something I say with tremendous pride. It is not just what you do, it's who you are.

Every day that I set a goal it is building character. Whether or not I reach my goal is important obviously but just the motivation behind setting a goal has an impact on you. I've made long term goals, short term goals, I've followed 20 week programs, I've made adjustments in my training. I've read books. All of this isn't something exclusive to me. Most of us have done or will do things like this. There are few things in life where some of those elements won't play a part in doing things well.

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