Forging Ahead

Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour or a day, or even a year. But eventually, it will subside. And something else take its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.”

-Lance Armstrong

The above quote is one I think of at times when I’m tired, or sore, or just want to stop running and go home.  It’s one I think of when my legs, my back, or those little voices of doubt try to get me to end my workout early.  I think about this quote, and how far I have grown in the last few years both mentally and physically, and I know I cannot quit.

Yesterday I went out on a 6 mile run.  I added a long hill incline (approximately 11 blocks) into the mix early, and started paying for it quickly.  My body wanted to stop, to walk and rest, but I knew that if I stopped, I would not start again that evening.  So I kept pushing, hearing this mantra in my head.

It really doesn’t matter what time you finish your distance in.  Some days you set a personal record, some days you won’t.  What does matter is that you didn’t give up on yourself, that you have the guts, the drive, the determination to forge ahead and continue.  You refused to take the easy way out, to quit, and because you refused to quit you become tougher, stronger, and more mentally focused.

When I finished, I thought “Wow, it really wasn’t so bad.  Why did I even consider quitting?”  Running is one of the few sports where the participants continue on long after the winner has crossed the finish line.  Why?  Because it was never against them in the first place; it was against those inner demons that want you to quit.  It’s a battle within, and one you can win …

If you continue to forge ahead.

Remember, pain is temporary, quitting is forever.


Live healthy, be happy.


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