Last Sunday I ran my best 8KM ever in 41:46.2. I'm happy about it, but it led me to a better question What makes me run?, Why I got up so early and with the heat (30C/86F) in the street to go out and run?
I think that the answer is: I don't know. I'm always trying to be the best at what I do, of course I'm too slow to be the best runner, and there are lot of people smarter than me. So when I say the best it means better than the previous version of me.
In my life I learnt so far that it's all about trying, and trying hard, and harder until it aches, but never stop trying.
I might don't know what motivates me, or why I do what do, but these two videos I listen/watch everytime I have to do something I care and worries me (run, do a presentation, big keynotes, and stuff like that). When they finish, I'm already wearing my sneakers and running...
This was originally shared with me by my friend Fede Jack, I love the text:
Here's the thing that makes life so interesting. The theory of evolution claims that "only the strong shall survive". Maybe so, maybe so.
But the theory of competition says, "just because they're the strong doesn't mean they can't get their asses kicked". That's right.
See, what every long shot, come from behind, underdog will tell ya is this: the other guy may in fact be the favorite, the odds may be stacked against you. Fair enough. But what the odds don't know is, this isn't a math test. This is a completely different kind of test. One where passion, has a funny way of trumping logic.
So before you step up to the starting line, before the whistle blows, and the clocks start ticking just remember: out here the results don't always add up. No matter what the stats may say and the experts may think and the commentators may have predicted, when the race is on, all bets are off.
Don't be surprised be if someone decides to flip the script and take a pass on yelling "Uncle". And then suddenly as the old saying goes, "WE'VE GOT OURSELVES A GAME".
Also there's this new one which I started listening before my last 21K, this should be my alarm clock...
It has great phrases that I repeat every time I get too tired, too bored, or "I'm having a bad day"
Rise and shine. 6am and your hand can’t make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start telling you that it’s too early, too dark, and too cold to get out of a bed.
Aching muscles lie still in rebellion, pretending not to hear your brain commanding them to move.
A legion of voices are shouting their unanimous permission for you to hit the snooze button and go back to dreamland, but you didn’t ask their opinion.
The voice you’ve chosen to listen to is one of defiance. A voice that’s says there was a reason you set that alarm in the first place. So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and don’t look back because we’ve got work to do.
Welcome to The Grind!
For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way, 10,000 streams fan out like a river delta before you, each one promising the path of least resistance.
Thing is, you’re headed upstream. And when you make that choice, when you decide to turn your back on what’s comfortable and what’s safe and what some would call “common sense”, well that’s day 1. From there it only gets tougher.
So just make sure this is something you want. Because the easy way out will always be there, ready to wash you away, all you have to do is pick up your feet.
But you aren’t going to, are you? With each step comes the decision to take another. You’re on your way now but this is no time to dwell on how far you’ve come.
You’re in a fight against an opponent you can’t see. Oh but you can feel him on your heels can’t you? Feel him breathing down your neck, You know what that is? That’s you…
Your fears, your doubts and insecurities all lined up like a firing squad ready to shoot you out of the sky.
But don’t lose hear. While they aren’t easily defeated, they are far from invincible
Remember this is The Grind
The Battle Royale between you and your mind, your body and the devil on your shoulder who’s telling you that this is just a game, this is just a waste of time, your opponents are stronger than you. Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat.
Burn away your self doubt with the fire that’s beneath you, remember what you’re fighting for, And never forget that momentum is a cruel mistress She can turn on a dime with the smallest mistake.
She is ever searching for that weak place in your armor. That one tiny thing you forgot to prepare for.
So as long as the devil is hiding the details, the question remains,”is that all you got?”, “are you sure?”
And when the answer is “yes”. That you’ve done all you can to prepare yourself for battle THEN it’s time to go forth and boldly face your enemy, the enemy within.
Only now you must take that fight into the open, into hostile territory, you’re a lion in a field of lions, all hunting the same elusive prey with a desperate starvation that says VICTORY is the only thing that can keep you alive
So believe that voice that says “you CAN run a little faster” and that “you CAN throw a little harder” and that “you CAN dive a little deeper” and that, for you, the laws of physics are merely a suggestion.
So rise and shine.
Luck is the last dying wish of those who want to believe that winning can happen by accident. Sweat on the other hand is for those who know it’s a choice.
So decide now because destiny waits for no man. And when your time comes and a thousand different voices are trying to tell you that you’re not ready for it, listen instead to that lone voice of descent, that one voice that says: “you are ready”, “you are prepared”.
It’s all up to you now!