Racing Strategies by Jason Karp, Pd.D:
#9 Become your own Hero.
There is a moment in every race when it starts to feel uncomfortable. While it's a natural human tendency to back off from physical discomfort for self preservation, one of the things that makes runners unique is their penchant for seeking it out.
It is in that moment in the race that you learn about yourself and what you are willing to do to meet your goal. Do you back off from the pain, or do you push through it?
Racing gives you a chance to discover the answer and, in so exploring, become the person you want to be. You want to walk away from your race feeling like you gave it everything you had. You want to be proud of yourself. Racing gives you the opportunity to become someone better than you currently are. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning.