When I was in high school, running indoor track, I was one of the few mid-distance runners on the team. That means that my race event range was from 800 meters (1/2 mile) to 3200 meters (2 miles). On any given day, I could be training with the sprinters or with the distance runners. Despite the fact that it was very cold in the winter in Connecticut, the coach would often send us out to run up Case Mountain which wasn’t too far from the school. I played soccer in the autumn while the rest of the guys that I was running with were often running cross-country. Needless to say, they were much more accustomed to running up mountains than I was. About halfway through the mountain ascent, I started to lose steam and pretty soon was at the pace of a very light jog. At some point, the rest of the guys noticed that they hadn’t seen me in quite some time, and eventually came back down the trail to find me. Deciding that “they” needed a water break, the guys stopped and sat with me for a few minutes while I caught my breath. It was then that one of the captains of the track team said to me, “It’s only temporary.” Not sure to what he was referring, I uttered an eloquent, “Huh?” “The pain, it’s only temporary,” he told me, “but pride lasts forever.”
That’s it for today. I’m not going to try to go too overboard on explaining this one, because to all of us, it will mean different things. I recommend taking a little while to turn off distractions, close your eyes and reflect on what this means for you.
Have a great weekend!