The “Race”

So, before I get into today’s (hopefully inspirational) topic, I want to share something I learned a couple of nights ago.  Wednesday was a busy day for me, with a few bigger things on my plate that, although good, were a bit draining.  I like to read in the evening, which I did for a while, but then I gave in and turned on some mindless television (and I mean mindless…the more tired I am, the more mindless it is, and I was really wiped out~  I’m not even going to tell you what I was watching…okay, okay, Tori and Dean…I know, totally embarrassing…my friend Margaret will understand ~ the other show I watched briefly was something about good fish going bad…yeah, you read that right, fish…I’m totally serious ).  Anyway, while in a total haze of “soul mate love” there was a commercial for a prescription product to make your eyelashes fuller…seriously?  Now I am sure there are some people out there who might have some medical reasons why they lose eyelashes, but are there that many that we should be advertising it on TV?  Or is the drug manufacturer really hoping that people will want to have fuller eyelashes and will head into their doctor and ask for a prescription?  And who is paying for that?  Okay, I’m done ~ you do have to admit the whole thing was a little bizarre, but I’m sure I didn’t imagine it.  Okay, now onto the real topic at hand…

Maybe some of you have seen this…it has certainly been making its way around the internet lately, although it happened in 2008.  It’s just over 2 1/2 minutes long…go ahead, watch it…it is 2 1/2 minutes well spent. 

How many of us would have gotten up after that fall?  You are in the Big 10 600 m championship race, where wins can be determined by 100th’s of a second (this one was ultimately determined by .04 seconds).  How many of us would have said “the race is over, there is no way I can win?”  Here is what Heather Dorniden had to say about what she was thinking:

DtB: What went through your mind as you went down, got right back up and into the race and saw that you were catching everyone?

HD: For some reason, I told the announcer yesterday that when something like that happens, a lot of four letter words come to mind, but in truth all I got out was a “Oh no!” on the way down. One beautiful thing about racing is you can have a million things running through your head on the starting line, but as soon as the gun goes off, it becomes pretty instinctual. I try to tell myself before the start of every race that all things are possible through Christ, and first and foremost I have to send the credit his way, because I certainly didn’t feel like I did that all by myself. Immediately after the fall, I told myself, you have to get up to at least get a time that will score– the team points were very close and I know everyone was counting on some points in that event. I think anyone else would have done the same thing if they found themselves in my position. Luckily, I am a native Minnesota girl (and pretty darn clumsy) and have had my fair share of falls on ice in the winter where I’ve tried to get up really fast…(thinking maybe no one saw me??) One thing I can say with certainty is I am so grateful we were hosting this meet. My team, coaches, family, and tons of fans were going crazy around the whole track, and I felt like their energy just filled me up. I heard everyone cheering for my freshman teammate, Jaime Dittmar, who was doing an AMAZING job of taking the race where I left off, and told myself I can get back in there. Coming around the final curve, I heard the announcer saying “And watch out for Heather Dorniden!”, which also got me pretty pumped…and the rest is history.

If you had set up this scenario and asked hundreds of coaches if someone could fall down in the last lap of a race and overcome everyone to win…how many would have said that was something that was possible?  Probably very few.  And yet it did happen.  So what we would have thought was impossible was actually possible.  What else might be possible?  What are we capable of doing? 

I will be back on Monday…sometime next week I will post about a great book I just finished called Why We Get Fat and What to do About It by Gary Taubes…really interesting, lots to share about it ~ hopefully Monday if I have the time on the weekend to work on the post.  Have a great weekend…step out of your comfort zone, embark on something you think is impossible.  🙂

About Lisa Van Dore

I have lived in Sherborn, Dover and most recently North Walpole, for a total of 15 years (and counting). Having recently been through the process of selling a home and buying (and renovating) a new one, I understand the conflicting emotions of excitement and anxiety inherent in the process, whether you are a seller or buyer, whether this is your first home purchase or your tenth. I have a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. My early career found me working as a CPA, and later as the controller of Crate & Barrel. More recently I spent seven years running my own personal training business. I understand the hard work and dedication necessary to build a business and a reputation...most of my personal training clients came to me by referral and my first client was still with me when I decided to leave personal training. This speaks to the level of effort I put forth for my clients, week after week. On a more personal note, I raced triathlon for seven years and more recently completed my first half marathon. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, Maine, hiking and, in the fall, following college teams are the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!).
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2 Responses to The “Race”

  1. Anne says:

    Lisa: This brought tears to my eyes. So true, in so many places in life. I sent it on to my kids. Thanks, Anne

  2. Maura Bennett says:

    This is great Lisa! Thank you for sharing. It gave me chills. I just started coaching my 6th grade girls for spring cross-country yesterday. One of the girls fell and was pretty scraped up and was telling me how much it hurt. I told her that I knew it hurt but she had to start running again. I think she was shocked at first but ended up running and feeling good about herself. It is a good life lesson. That was an amazing video!! I will be sending it to my cross-country girls. I think the fact that she not only got up but didn’t just try to finish the race -she went for the win-how do you catch people on a 600 meter run? Amazing. Running is 90% mental.

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