There is something very humbling about the experience of running a 2 mile race.
When it starts there is no place to hide. You will instantly know, whether or not you trained enough or whether you should have gone out on those cold and nasty winter mornings and cheerfully mocked the elements.
At this short a distance you will of course cross the finish line. The experience you will have though, depends entirely on what you are willing to give, and on what you would like to receive.
It can be about precious seconds, that show that, you are still making progress, or proudly holding on to what you worked so hard to have achieved in training. It can also be about the woeful state of your conditioning, and the mystery of why your time is increasing, along with your age and weight.
The most important thing of course, is that there is no competition on the course but with yourself. No opponent, but your own unwillingness to transcend, a mind that constantly says give up, and a body that will always find reason to endlessly complain.
The only voice worth listening to, is the soulful song of your own heart. Its melody is always certain, go on, go on, and never give up.
There are many things along the way to encourage you to do your very best. Another runner at your side, who perhaps you would like to beat but instead you are the one who finishes a step behind.
Still you can be thankful for this experience, which because of, you reached deep within yourself, and gave a precious effort, that you did not think was there to give.
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And if there is a reward at the end of your race, it will probably not be a trophy or a prize, that you can put upon a shelf. It may not be a personal record for speed. It may just be, that on this day, you plumbed the depths of your body's capacity. And in so doing, you found yourself greeted by your own heart. It will be in this, that you found a real triumph. Discovering the true treasure within, that does not require the strength of your legs or swiftness of your feet.