Lessons Learned from Secretariat

While running Monday and today, I was watching Secretariat.  Usually I can finish a movie in one run, but breathing through this head cold has been a struggle.  I have seen the movie before, but sometimes it takes a certain need to hear something to really listen.  Besides the sheer beauty of the horse - lean muscle and an elongated stride, there were some amazing quotes in this movie.

Near the beginning, Penny Chenery goes back to the farm where she grew up.  She is in the barn and has a memory of a moment with her father.  She's a little girl in the scene and her father says to her -

"It's not whether they think we won.  It's whether we think we won.  Run your race."
Wow.  Do you hear that?  It's so true.  I know those that surround us often don't understand running races we'll never get first place in, or getting medals "just" for crossing the finish line... but this is our own personal battle, and we each have our own goals.  It is your race, and you win it in your own personal way - whether that be a certain time goal or a distance goal or just to finish.
Later in the movie when things are down, Penny says something else that I really just loved -
"This is not about going back. This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it! Because you never know how far you can run unless you run."

This is for those of you who are considering running or considering a new distance but questioning if you have it in you.  It all goes back to the old saying - you never know unless you try.  And let me tell you, the "trying" is so worth it.

There was one part when Lucien, the trainer, is talking about Secretariat and he says, "He only does exactly what he wants to do, when he wants to do it."  This quote made me giggle, because it flashed me back to Bill Bowerman speaking of Prefontaine in Without Limits.  Kind of says something doesn't it?  I think you can get all the advice in the world, from the best in the world, and it might not apply to you and how you achieve your absolute best performance.

And I have to close with a little begging.  I am still a LONG way from my fundraising goal, and as many of you know, I only fundraise once a year because it is important to me to give back to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.  After all, my little Paige would never be able to run if they hadn't provided their services, free of charge, for the first 2 years of her life.  Please please consider making a donation of any amount HERE and if you'd like to be entered in the giveaway that goes along with it to win some great prizes, just head over to THIS POST and leave me a comment letting me know you donated.  Please spread the word for me... blogs, twitter, facebook.  I would really love to reach my goal, and I have a long way to go in the next 10 days!!!