THE DEFINITION OF WINNING IS DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE.
YOU ARE A WINNER.
My dad is right. It is easy to slip into a place where I am comparing myself to others. She runs faster than me. She's skinnier than me. He's accomplished more than me. From that angle, it's easy to feel defeated. Instead, I need to keep my mind in a place where I am comparing myself to me . . . comparing myself to where I have been and to where I want to go.
At this moment in my life I am focused on completing a Half Marathon. That is where I am going. That will be my victory. Where am I coming from? I'm coming from that day 3 years ago when I couldn't run from my mailbox to my neighbor's mailbox without thinking my lungs were going to explode. I'm coming from a pair of size 22 blue jeans. I'm coming from spending most nights sitting on the couch with a bag of chips in my lap. From that angle, it's easy to feel excited and proud.
My moment of victory is just two weeks away. For me, crossing that Half-Marathon finish line will make me a winner. It feels good to know that in my Dad's eyes I already am one!
My Dad with my daughter Ellie.
Meg and I after finishing Just a Short Run.