Many years ago I volunteered in a race and was fortunate to see the top three finishers come in. Usually, we are far behind and only see them separate from you at the beginning.
I asked one of my friends who came in 2nd place that day how he felt at the end of the stage. “Utterly destroyed,” he said. He put his feet up on the tent wall (to reduce swelling), and took in deep breaths as the pain subsided over the next 30 minutes.
We are all pushing against our own limits to a high degree of difficulty if you give it your best shot.
This weekend we had a great little group from Salesforce running the Brooklyn Rock & Roll half marathon. Everyone trained really hard, pushed through the pain, grinding up the hills and to the finish line.
Each person had a goal in mind, focused on it and beat it by at least 1-2 minutes.
It was a high level of effort needed in order makes the goal.
Whether you are at the front, middle or back of the pack, you need to grind, grind, grind to get to the next level and to finish the race.
Well done to the entire group!
Thank you for inspiring me to get out there and do it!
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