In the past couple weeks I have watched the following running movies: Without Limits, Prefontaine, and Ultramarathon Man. If you are a runner, I would recommend all three of them. If you are not a runner, you must watch them. They are a remarkable tribute to the human spirit and mind. Our bodies are capable of doing so much more than we can even conceive. After watching these two men, Steve Prefontaine and Dean Karnazes, you will be inspired to go out and run, even if only for one minute at a time. And I promise you, it will be the most empowering thing you have ever done for yourself.
I think one of my biggest take away’s from these movies is that it’s not about the destination, it’s really about the journey. I think anyone who has crossed a finish line can attest to this. It’s about all the hard work you put in to get to that finish line…the sweat, the tears, long runs, short runs, early morning runs, and rest days. You learn a lot about yourself and the limits of the human body. When you reach the point where you literally have nothing left to give or you have reached your pain threshold this is where you learn your true strength…are you going to give up or push to the finish. Dean Karnazes said it best,
Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must. Just never give up.
This isn’t just a metaphor for running, but a metaphor for life. When you stop moving forward, you stagnate, and when you stagnate you die. So you must do whatever you have to do to keep moving forward. The sad thing is there are so many out there who by all accounts and purposes are alive, but really they are dead because they stopped moving forward. Running, like life, is hard but it is in the struggles where you define yourself.
I encourage you to get out there and take that first step because it will literally change your life for the better. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. Like Nike says, “Just do it! Even if you suck!” You will get better, and it will get easier…one step, one day, one mile at a time.