It is easy to get caught up in the world. To fall victim to what we see in magazines, the Internet, the TV.

Everyone wants to BE.

Be better. Be happier. Be skinnier. Be prettier. Be more popular. Be faster. Be richer. Be smarter.

It is not that BEing is wrong.

What is wrong is thinking that if you were to suddenly BE any of those things that happiness will immediately arrive on your doorstop. Happiness is not a destination. It is a journey. Training for a race may be a fun destination, but what makes it all worth it are the countless hours you spent traveling the journey.

We should take a lesson from children.

We should dance when EVERYONE is looking.

We should race OURSELVES.  I am a competitor but I do not compete.

I would rather BE me than anyone else. I am exactly how I was created to be, a work in progress. I am traveling on this journey called life.

Last Sunday I raced no one but myself. I am happy[okay over the moon happy] I beat my 3:21 but I promise you I am no different today as a 3:13 marathoner as I was last Saturday as a 3:21 marathoner. Don’t get caught up in the time on the clock.

Being FAST is a state of mind.

I am FAST and so are you.

My son, Miles, racing towards the finish line made out of a left over fruit by the foot snack his sister got at soccer practice.

The best races are sometimes the most unexpected. 8 more days till #18. #neverfails


  1. What a wonderful post! The pressure to always BE something else sometimes forces us to miss out on the amazing things happening right before our eyes.

  2. I would love it if your kids made a 'fruit by the foot' finish tape for you for #18 😛 But I am weird that way :)

    This is such a grounded post. Just love it :)

  3. LOVE this post, and happens to be exactly what I needed to hear. I am new to running and not fast by any stretch of the imagination. I'm running the MCM10K on sunday, which will be my first 10k ever. I'm running with some friends that have been running for a long time now and have been beating myself up lately about how I'm going to be the slowest in the group.
    Your post is reminding me why I'm doing this in the first place. I'm doing it for myself. To prove that I can set a goal and accomplish it, and just BE proud of myself for it.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful and inspiring thoughts

  4. Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal says:

    XLMIC – I too would love if they did that! My favorite medal is one Chloe made for me out of ribbon and paper!!

  5. thethinksicanthink says:

    Whenever I start getting caught up in "comparison," I try to remind myself that I'm training to be a better version of myself, nothing more than that. I "race" with a 2 year old I babysit for all the time and its always so fun for him – I try to remind myself of that when I get nervous about a race.

  6. Lovely post and I love to watch children running, they are so free and natural :-)

  7. Christine says:

    Soo true, I find myself way to often to think about the past or future, instead of just enjoy the moment and be myself :)

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