"I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match." - Mia Hamm
"Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit."
-- Mary Lou Retton
Training hard at something day in and day out takes a lot of commitment and determination. Pushing through set backs, disappointments, and challenges, and continuing to move forward takes resolve. Setting an ambitious goal, and having the courage to go after it, takes passion.
Since I first started running, I have loved the sport. Once I started training, setting goals, and making progress, I have had a fire burning inside of me. That fire is the reason I get up before 4:30am almost every single day. That fire is the reason I put in the work, day in and day out, no excuses. That fire is the reason I do all the little extra things that I believe make me a better runner. That fire is the reason I don't back down, I don't give up, I don't get discouraged. That fire is the reason I keep dreaming, keep fighting, keep believing, keep striving.
I set the goal to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials. I know that is a very ambitious goal. I know lots of people think I won't do it. That fire in me keeps me committed to that goal and keeps me believing that it is possible. That fire keeps me willing to put in the work it takes to chase after that goal and dream.
There are things that have dampened the flames at times - disappointing races, discouraging people, over-training, setbacks, plateaus, self-doubt, life stress...
But the fire has never gone out.
Lately I have been consciously doing the things I need to do to fuel the flames. I have surrounded myself with supportive people and am ignoring the rest. I have been taking care of my body so that I feel good. I have followed my coach's guidance and we have tweaked my training and racing schedule to find what works best for me. I am smiling. I am focusing on steps of progress at a time. I have been working on the mental aspect of my training. I have been running strong and having great workouts. I am feeling excited. I am feeding my passion and joy for the sport that I love, and I am feeding my confidence and belief in myself to achieve the things I want to achieve.
I am fueling the flames and they are growing. What out Chicago - this girl is going to be on fire.
"Great achievements don't start with reality. They start with desire." - Kenneth Baum (The Mental Edge)
have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks,
jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always
going to be placed in front of you." - George Lucas