Describing “Pain in a race”


“It’s not the pain of a burning stove top.  It feels like weakness.  If feels like weight that can’t be borne, panic that can’t be controlled.  At that moment, two paths open.  You can press on and do well.  Or you can back off, regroup, and try to catch up.  If you fail at the second, the temptation is to finish humiliated, like a POW broken by torture.”


This quote is from the book by Kenny More – Bowerman and the men of Oregon.


Bowerman (without ever pronouncing the word pain) taught that you redefine yourself a little with every honest, killing effort.  You might not win, but you will have been brave.  If you can admit that to yourself, bravery is a hell of a thing to build on.