Wow, what a story! Monday, the day of the Boston Marathon, offered up some of the worst weather conditions ever: Pouring rain. Freezing air. High winds. Yet despite all this, Desiree Linden became the first American woman in 33 years to win. But here’s the real story behind the story, the kicker. She almost didn’t run. She almost quit!
A news headline tells the tale: “Runner Tells Herself ‘Just Show Up For One more Mile’ – And Wins The Boston Marathon.”
The 34-year-old runner is a two-time Olympian. She finished second at the Boston Marathon in 2011. But her barrier-breaking victory almost didn’t happen. Faced with the cold rain and wind, Linden said she wasn’t feeling well and thought about bailing out of the race. But she didn’t quit. She kept going – and won.*
Inspiring words from this champion peak performer to speed us on our own path:
“It was such a miserable day, and when things go awry, they can kind of ding you up for a while and also take time out of your career,” she says. “I’m on the back half of my career, so I have to be super careful at this point. And early on, I was freezing and my muscles were tight, and I was like ‘This isn’t – this is not my day.’ So I did kind of toy around with the idea of stepping off.”
“It’s the moment you dream of during the tough days when you don’t wanna go out and run, when you’re a little kid and you’re getting into the sport, and you turn [on] the TV, and you see the Boston Marathon. You dream about breaking that tape. It was the culmination of years of hard work, and years of dreaming, and years of never giving up.”
[I was saying:]”I don’t know if I’m going to even get to start this race, like this is not going well. It should be going better.” And then, there was a lot of days where you’d had that glimmer of hope, and you go, “No, this is exactly on pace. This is the perfect – it’s going to plan absolutely 100 percent.” And I decided to stop thinking about each day so much, and just keep showing up. Like, whatever the day gave me, just show up. That’s kind of how I attacked the race, too. Once I got over the fact that I wasn’t going to drop out, it was like, “Just show up for one more mile. Show up for one more minute.” And that was kind of my mantra throughout this entire build and through the entire race day on Monday.”
“Some days it just flows and I feel like I’m born to do this, other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Every day I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got, and to try and be better.”
“My advice: keep showing up.”
Write on! * This inspiring story comes to us via Dr. Rob Gilbert’s super mom, Corinne Ellis Gilbert, who alerted him to it and Rob’s fabulous Success Hotline (973.743.4690)!