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Ryan Hall And The Boston Marathon

The most prestigious long course running race in the U.S. is fast approaching. Which race you ask? The historic Boston marathon is set for its 113th running on April 20th. You can check out my Boston race report from last years event for my perspective on this classic.

One of the top U.S. professional athletes at the event will be California based Ryan Hall. Ryan has really come on strong in the long course scene over the last couple of years and also represented the U.S. in the Bejing Olympics finishing 10th (2nd American). This 26 year old man carries himself extremely well and has wisdom beyond his years.

To gain a bit on insight into Ryan’s character and running journey  so far, take a look at this recent Universal Sports article. Good stuff!

Here is a bit of that wisdom that caught my attention from the article after finishing 10th at the Olympics:

I remember thinking, ‘You can choose now how you want to live this moment. Do you want to feel disappointment or do you want to pout? You can. Or you can enjoy it.’ I just felt like I had this voice from God: ‘This isn’t everything you wanted. But it’s everything you need right now.’

Soak on that for a while and reflect on how it can relate to your life.

Every moment, experience, activity, task, and result provides you the opportunity to either “pout” or enjoy/accept it. It really is a personal choice. I don’t think there is any correct way of handing a situation and sometimes a good eye cleanse is exactly what someone may need. The awareness that you determine your emotional state, it isn’t placed upon you can be transformational and extremely powerful in all aspects of life.

Life isn’t completely about results. It is about the journey of personal growth in whatever areas of your life experience you are interested in. Results are typically a moment/instance in time. But look how much more there is to life besides a static result. Results by themselves aren’t a bad thing but the attachment to them can be life draining and create suffering.

Detach yourself from results and see what happens! You may just run a bit faster, be a bit happier, and enjoy life a bit more.

What are your thoughts on this?

Boston will be fun to watch! Go Ryan Go!

Have a great weekend and happy training!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

One Response to “Ryan Hall And The Boston Marathon”

  1. on 14 Mar 2009 at 9:39 pm kim

    Great article and perspective!