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Monday Motivation

17 Dec

Check out this retro race video:

Runners World wrote a sad, compelling, and well written article on the woman who ran it here —> Debbie Heald

Here is a quick summary of that article: A cold war track meet between US and USSR. 4 women in the 1 mile (160 meter wooden board track in Richmond Coliseum – where we had a cfars race) 16 yr old girl up against Olympic champion, world record holder, and best American ever at that point. The girl’s dad committed suicide day before her 8th birthday, stepfather was a drunk who beat her, she was molested for multiple years, and had a 4th grade teacher who changed her life and continues to take an interest in the now schizophrenic and troubled woman who still loves to exercise. She won the race with a new world record and set what is now the longest standing high school record.

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Moments of Inspiration

20 Jul

Artists have a reputation for being a little odd. Freewheeling words and colors. They seem to create pieces out of nothing. Oftentimes people wonder what artists actually do all day, and many feel that they can never be an artist because they lack the moment of inspiration for creating “it.” But, what any artist, musician, or writer will tell you is that the moment of inspiration is really a myth.

Inspiration comes through perspiration.

Writers sit down at the keyboard every day and pound through thousands of words that will be edited away never to be read.

Ask an author what the hardest part of being a writer is, and they will answer that it is sitting down to do the work.

Ever walked past a practice room at a university to hear horrible music on its way to being a beautiful piece of art? Musicians play unrecognizable forms, not notes, in their process of discovering the right melody.

They start over, throw out their work, and get frustrated. But, artists are consistent about their passion. And, they actually put in the work. Every day.

Running is like that for me. I keep waiting for the moment of inspiration to get up early for a run. I wait for the inspiration to run after work. I buy new shoes, watches, and other gear in hopes of a little inspiration to actually run.

But, if I can learn anything from artists, the moment of inspiration is a myth.

It’s their consistency that I crave, and the process that brings enjoyment.

That is why I covet seasoned runners that have been practicing their art for decades.

These running artists are the shoulders on which we stand. Let’s be admirable artists in our own running.
Our inspiration will come through our perspiration.

Mark