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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Never Quit

I may not look like a runner, train like a runner or even compete in the proper running gear, but I do exemplify the characteristics that are essential for a successful runner. I have persistence, dedication and heart. But above all my attitude, won't allow me to quit under any circumstances.

When I went through a rebellious stage a couple of years back. Just a short period in my life where I actually acted the part as opposed to just looking it. During this brief stint, I fitted every stereotype associated with the heavily tattooed, "punk" male. I got kicked out of the house for disrespecting my mother and even went through a passing stage of smoking drugs.

However, I've grew out of this defiant persona, and changed directions in my life. Abandoning the disrespect and drugs, I now much prefers harmless mischief over seriously detrimental recklessness.

So how does growing out of a negative phase relate to running? It all comes back to the refusal to quit. I easily could have remained mired in a downward spiral, abandoning anything ambitious in my life, but that wasn't the case. I acknowledged my mistakes and moved on. Instead of dwelling, I kept my eyes forward and picked up where I had left off, in my training and otherwise. This is exactly how one must view running. You can't ever quit or allow yourself to get caught up on past mistakes and setbacks.

This is not just a running credo. It's a way of life and a mentality. Truly dedicated runners live and breathe the sport even when they're not training. This is a prime example of how competitive running and its many aspects can bleed over into other areas of your life, even when you thought those areas were totally unrelated to one another.

It doesn't matter if you're running a race or living your day to day life. It's imperative you never quit, even when you stumble.


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