Guest Blogger: Jason Kulig
Today was NYC’s Sunrise 6k. We ran. We ran fcking hard. Dozens and dozens of people showed up on the Hudson River to “brave the elements” and participate in our third and final Sunrise 6k of the year. Sure it was probably over 60 degrees warmer than when we first completed it in February but with no TV crews to film us this time, it was challenging waking up this morning.
It’s the time of the year when excuses are in abundance. It’s still dark. Too much turkey. Haven’t really run since I finished my marathon. Been drinking too much peppermint schnapps (stop judging, that sht is delicious) and embarrassing ourselves at too many Christmas parties (guilty). It’s so easy to give into the fatigue after another year of racing and wait until the new year to get back at it.
But not our tribe. We ran the out-and-back loop 3 times. We shoved away every excuse that crept into our mind and ran every last inch of the 6k. One person in particular deserves praise.
Chandra, barely a month into NP, was in “last” place by a couple of minutes. Since it was an out-and-back, once the “second-to-last” person was past her, she could have turned around and cut off a half mile of running and no one would know the difference. Unbeknownst to her, I trailed 100 yards behind her on a warm down lap. Every excuse imaginable flowed through my mind for her.
“Nobody would ever know”
“I’m new to NP, nobody will care”
“I don’t want others to wait for me”
“It’s cold and windy”
…and many more
Chandra never wavered. I caught her at our turnaround cone after she had run a quarter of a mile past where she could have cut off the remainder of the course and we had an enjoyable run back together. The amount of times I’ve done one less mile, one less burpee, one less rep is innumerable. From now on, when I try to cheat myself and my tribe by not fully completing a workout, I’ll remember today.
“For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way”
Thank you Chandra – for showing me the right way.
Wednesday: Gracie @ 5:28am and 6:28am