14 October 2008

Run Like Pre

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -Steve Prefontaine

Steve Prefontaine was arguably the greatest runner of all time. He gave a lot of thought and insight into running, and at the same time life.

I will never run the times that Pre ran, nor will I ever set any records. No offense, but I also think the demographic of this blog will most likely not do that either. That does not mean we can not run like Pre.

He ran with a passion. Life was not complete without running, and he always gave his best. We can do the same. We can run hard and push ourselves. We can set PR's and break them. We can forget about procrastinating and being lazy, and we can get outside and train, even when we do not feel like it.

I do not know if Pre was a religious person, but that quote at the top can also be applied to life.

God has given us many gifts. Running is one of them, life is the ultimate. If we give anything less than our best, at anything we do, then we are sacrificing a gift that was given to us by God. We should run hard and make life a pure guts race.

So next time you run... run like Pre.


Kai said...

Great motivation! When I'm struggling during the hard miles, I remind myself of all the people in this world who are physically unable to run, and how lucky we are.

Reid said...

Amen, brother! I love Pre. He has inspired me in many ways. He is a great reminder of doing our best no matter the circumstances. Thanks for sharing.

Pat said...

Every once in a while, I'll pick up the pace and be moving around a 5 minute mile. It doesn't last long, maybe 30-50 yards. But, when I do I think of guys like Pre, the kenyans, the elite runners and I think this is what they do.

Then, I usually stop, grab my knees and say this is what I do.