Before I continue, this week I'm linking up with the Tuesdays on the Run blog link up. The Tuesdays on the Run blog link up is with My No-Guilt Life, MCM Mama Runs and Marcia's Healthy Slice. When you're done reading here, be sure to check them out!
What makes someone inspiring? Excelling at your chosen sport is inspiring. But you don't have to be the best to be inspiring. In fact, I think the people that plug away every day knowing they will never win their age group, never qualify for Boston, never achieve a single high honor our sport could bestow upon them are just as inspiring as those who do achieve those things. Trust me, I am inspired by the people that work their asses off to qualify for Boston, win their age group or other achievement. I coach several of them. But I am equally inspired by the people that work their asses off for no glory whatsoever. The average Joe or Joanne that is plugging away because perhaps their kids are watching and learning by their example. The cancer patient that deals with his or her illness by running even just a quarter of a mile because it makes them feel human, alive and in control of their own life. Truly inspiring.
For me, I think humility is inspiring, especially when it comes from the elite athletes. The Meb Keflezighis, the Kara Gouchers, the Deena Kastors, they are the ones that inspire me the most because they're humble and they struggle just like you and me. They know they have amazing talent but they also know it's a privilege and not a right to win a race. Winning isn't always a given. Humility is important in a sport like running. Running can be really intimidating for some. It's hard and it's not always rewarding. The people that embrace that and admit that not every day is an epic day are inspiring to me. Why? Because we can relate to that. That elite athlete and us mere mortals are the same in that way. I have bad days too. But knowing there are others out there that also have not-epic-days and still lace up and try again inspires me to do the same.
What or who inspires you the most? What makes someone inspiring?