“You pretended the snooze button didn’t exist.
You dragged your butt out of bed while others slept.
While others ate their pancakes.
You had a feast of protein, glucose, and electrolytes.
You left the porch light on and locked the door behind you.
5Ks, 10Ks, 26.2 miles.
Some days more, some days less.
You rewarded a long run with a short run.
And a short run with a long run.
Rain tried to slow you.
Sun tried to microwave you.
Snow made you feel like a warrior.
You paid no mind to comfort.
You made excuses to keep going.
Put your heart before your knees.
Listened to your breathing.
Sweat sunscreen into your eyes.
Worked on your farmer’s tan.
You hit the wall.
You went through it.
You decided to be a man about it.
You decided to be a woman about it.
Finished what you started.
Proved what you were made of.
Just keep putting mile after mile on your internal odometer.”