Run My Own Race

Shalane Flanagan and Boston Marathon runners

Shalane Flanagan and Boston Marathon runners

Today over 36,000 people ran in the Boston Marathon. I happen to know one of them – I am so proud of my very fast and lovingly fierce friend (and finisher), Meleah Shank.

As I sit here drinking tea and reading up on the finishers, I am in awe. People are amazing, aren’t they? For instance, fellow American, Meb Keflezighi took the win with a time of 2:08:37. HOLY. COW. It took me longer to finish a half marathon. (But we did finish, right Jesi?)

Rita Jeptoo (Kenyan) won the women’s field and set a course record (2:18:57). I wish I could have been a fly on the course to see her – she ran a 4:48 split at mile 24. That woman is on fire.

The one who really sends chills up and down my spine is Shalane Flanagan. While she failed to take the win, many say she set the pace and tone for the entire race. In a post race interview she said this:

“I have a good friend, Joan Benoit Samuelson, who for years has told me to run my own race,” Flanagan said, “so today I wanted to do just that, run my own race and see if it was good enough to win the laurel wreath. So I went for it. It was a no excuses day.” (source)

She wanted to run her own race. No excuses.

Inspirational bullshit? Perhaps coming from someone else. But, coming from Shalane, it sparks inspiration and chills.

I want to run my own race. In all things.

Pace myself, push myself, race myself. In all things.

Max out, give all, take the win. In all things.

It’s just me and me, baby. No excuses.

What came of Shalane running her own race? She beat her personal best by 3 minutes. She set a record for the fastest finish for an American woman at the Boston Marathon. She kicked ass, big time. And, she pushed her competitors – 3 runners came in under their previous records. Shalane made an impact and brought out the best in others. Victory, right?

Taking first place will always be a win. But, running your own race well is a true victory.

In all things, may we max out, give all and take the win. And may our races bring out the best in us and those around us.

In case you’re interested in finding out more about this Boston Girl, check out the Q&A with Shalane in Runner’s World.

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    Jana Thune
    04/21/2014 at 4:46 pm

    So true & insightful for all athletes who press on for greatness in pushing not only themselves, but others!

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