Don’t Be Confused By Those Roadblocks!

23 04 2009

Roger Bannister, the British runner who was the first to run a mile in less than 4 minutes, said, “Failure is as exciting to watch as success, provided the effort is absolutely genuine and complete. But the spectators fail to understand- and how can they know-the mental agony through which an athlete must pass before he can give his maximum effort. And how rarely, if he is built as I am, he can give it.” -Think, July-August, 1968, p.25

Whenever people heard that I’m a runner, they sometimes asked questions such as, “Did you ever win in racing events? How fast are you? Are you included in the Top 10? How much was the money involved? You’re a late bloomer!?” These kind of people don’t know that I’m not after the prize, my time was always good but not as competitive as the elite’s and in running, there’s no such thing as a late-bloomer. (Though it’s a good thing If I was born an elite) and this sports is only my passion.

I think every elite runners will agree with me that…

-The path to the top is marked by pitfalls called failure. Only by facing the possibility of failure and knowing how to deal with it can you ever get to the top.

– Life has a way of knocking you down, putting roadblocks in your path and confusing you so you turn aside from your goal.

Winston Churchill was considered too dull to study the Classics so he was kept in Basic English for 3 years and he mastered it. Later in life, his words inspired his people during World War II.

Like Churchill, you must refuse to believe people who tell you that you can’t do it, and listen to your heart and to the voice of God’s Spirit within saying, “Go for It.”

Struggling with rejection and roadblocks that could have stopped him, Paul wrote, ” I can do everything through HIM who gives me strength.” -Philippians 4:13

You are your own worst enemy. Don’t be confused by those roadblocks! The real test of your character is what it takes to stop you.


See you at the TNF100!

God bless us all!




3 responses

23 04 2009
bong ortiz

Firstly, I really admire you and the other participants of the 102k ultra for your bravery in running a distance beyond the ones you’ve ever done before. I think your advantage over the others is your faith that He would always be there with you thru thick and thin. I wonder if there is another race longer or more challenging than the Bataan Death March 102 k in the Philippines, that will be interesting for you to participate in, now that your a bonafide ultramarathoner.

26 04 2009

Some people will NEVER understand why we do what we do no matter how much we explain. Running is best understood when “running” it. To think, it is not even so technical.

6 05 2009
I Shed Thirty Póunds in Only a Month

Hi, nice post. I have been thinking about this issue,so thanks for posting. I will certainly be coming back to your site. Keep up great writing

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