In 2013, I ran the New York City Marathon. That feels like a lifetime ago, given the changes in my life, career, and my growth as a runner. Fast forward to today, and I'm aiming to return to New York. This time, I'm striving to meet a stricter qualifying time. While I recently missed the mark by just three seconds, the journey continues. Whether I achieve that precise target remains to be seen, but what's clear is my determination to give it my best shot.
Dan Sullivan's book, "10x is easier than 2x," introduces an interesting concept. He speaks of two types of people: those who live in the 'gap' and those who bask in the 'gain.' Living in the gap means constantly looking at how far one is from their ultimate goal. For someone like me, this could be seeing those three elusive seconds as a gaping chasm.
Conversely, living in the gain is about looking back, acknowledging the distance covered, the challenges overcome. It's about appreciating the journey and recognizing the progress. In my case, it's understanding the leaps and bounds I've made since my marathon run in 2013.
The world of running, just like life, offers these two perspectives. You can either see how far you've yet to go or how far you've come. Both views are valid. But sometimes, especially when the journey gets tough, it's rewarding to look back and see the trail you've blazed.
As you tie your laces and head out for your next run, ponder this: Are you gauging the gap or celebrating the gain? Your perspective can shape your experience.
Best wishes on chasing your running goals.