#TheRunningWriter QOTD

Failing can be fantastic.


Failing at something is not fun. It can lead to feeling inadequate. Embarrassed. Can even get you laughed at and questioned.

But that’s ok. Let people laugh. Let them point their finger and whisper. That kind of behavior is most likely stemming from envy of your courage.

Didn’t Thomas Edison say he didn’t fail a bunch of times creating the lightbulb, just found lots of ways to not do it?

Go with that viewpoint when you try something and it doesn’t work out. And keep trying, because it might eventually turn out to be fantastic.

My last 50k race I had a DNF (Did Not Finish). I’ve never not finished a run. It hurt my pride, my heart, and messed with my head a little.

But I was out running again the next weekend. AND I’m running another 50k next Saturday.

From my DNF I learned more about nutrition and hydration, and I’m stronger because of it. Tougher. Wiser.

I won’t lie. I’m a bit nervous for the race, and questions like, “What if I DNF again?” float around my head once in a while.

But I crush them down with, “I will finish.” “I am strong.” “I’ve done the training.”

If you think you will fail, I believe the chances of failing actually go up. A lot of what we do is mental toughness, and if we’re tearing ourselves down, we’ll go down, too.

So go get ‘em my friends!

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