One shot to qualify for Boston.
One shot to make it on the Olympic Marathon team.
One shot to PR.
Months and months of training lead up to one perfect race. As runners, we don't get the the best out of 7, or 3 tries and the best time counts.
We get one shot.
We fail, and we escape with knowledge of what we can do better the next time around. While there is always another race, if we are training like we should then that very peak performance will happen at most a couple of times a year. Those aren't great odds for an athlete.
Hard work, dedication. Dedication, hard work.
So, I'll hit the bike hard again tonight and hope that Thursday I can hit the hills instead.
The author of the article concludes saying, "Try running EVERYDAY for 9 months and tell me how you feel, tell me how motivated you are, tell me how your confidence levels are. After that it will be understood why track can just be hell on the body and mind."
Our sport is work, but it's a work I really love.
And for the record:
Tank for Wasatch Back team- $22.99
Protein Powder- $51.77
RUNNING total: 480.54