“Hey, Coach,” I said.
“What do I have to do to get better? What does it take?” The pace began to quicken as my coach and I arrived at the last couple miles our run.
“Consistency, Sam. You have to be consistent. There was a woman who once went to Joe Vigil and asked him if he would coach her. He said that he didn’t coach women, he didn’t think she had what it takes. But she persisted and kept asking him anyway. Eventually he said, ‘Okay, but once you’re in, you’re in. It’s going to be 8 years of running everyday and 100 mile weeks.’ She ended up winning a medal in the Olympics.” My coach said.
“I think I’m going to run 360 days next year. If she can do it for eight, I can do it for one.”
And so, my journey began…
A year ago when I decided to do this, I didn’t imagine myself ever finishing. I’ve set goals for myself in the past, but I had never reached them before. I would just give up. But when I stopped my watch for the last time this morning and I told myself, “Sam… you finished. You did it.” it was surreal. I didn’t know what to do or what to say, but it felt good.
Once again, I have to thank everyone in my life for this. Most of you don’t realize it, but you’ve been a tremendous part of this. You’ve helped me get through this year by running with me, encouraging me, holding me accountable, etc. You guys are awesome and I can’t thank you all enough.
I will have another post about a reflection on this year and what this has done for me, but that will be posted in a few days. For now, thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, thanks for running.