Running the Race with Perseverance

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I am not a fan of jogging, its actually my nemesis. Last Saturday, I was challenged because our agenda is to do conditioning the whole training time and the first one on the list is my dreaded exercise jogging. So we started jogging around Frontera Verde area at first I was okay trying to keep up with the pace but as I continue on I feel tired and gasping for breath. So I told my buddy can we slow down a bit we started to walk briskly but we’ve never stopped as soon as we are both okay we picked up our pace again then as we reach the last round we had our last sprint and finished the workout.

It dawned on me that as we go through life, there will be moments also that we wanted to give up. This happens especially when you don’t feel appreciated or when we are not the one who is in control and no matter how hard you try it seems like your best will never be enough, feels like a complete waste of time, effort and emotions. 

This feeling of mine is the same as the character of Harold Abrahams, a British Sprinter who is obsessed with winning in the film Chariots of Fire. Little did he know that he will be soundly beaten by his rival Eric Liddell in a 100-meter dash leading up to the 1924 Olympics. Abrahams’ response is in deep despair. When Sybil, his girlfriend tried to encourage Him but he responded with anger saying, “I run to win. If I can’t win. I won’t run!”. On the other hand Sybil responded wisely, “If you don’t run, you can’t win.”

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