keep showing up

“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.

“There’s a lot of days that I was like, 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.”

– Des Linden (Olympian and 2018 Boston Marathon Champ)

I love Des Linden’s heroic performance at the 2018 Boston Marathon and I love her “keep showing up” mantra.  As I prepare for my 2nd attempt at a trail run this August in Colorado, I’ve found myself, especially during hard sets, repeat while coughing and spitting to try to clear up lungs and slow down my heart rate, “keep showing up, show up for just one more mile.”