Friday, June 7, 2013

Choose Victory

This past Tuesday, Robert and I watched “Extreme Weight Loss” on ABC. For those of you who may have not heard of this TV show, it is about a professional trainer (Chris Powell) who chooses to work one-on-one with obese people for an entire year. He breaks up the goals for those he trains into 3 month phases until the big reveal after 12 months.

On this week’s episode, the girl he was working with, Meredith, found a love of running during her first 3 month phase. After she crushed her phase 1 weight loss goal, she found out her next goal. She would have to train for, and complete, a full marathon that would take place in THREE months. Despite being taken aback by this request, she showed pure excitement and had a determined outlook.

When the day of the marathon arrived, Meredith was nervous. Due to knee problems, she had not completed a training run over 10 miles prior to race day. Nevertheless, she began the grueling 26.2 mile journey with Chris, and had her family cheering them along the whole way. The end of mile 10 came in sight and Meredith grew nervous that her knee, or even her optimistic mentality, would give out. However, not only did she pass her mile 10 “wall”, but she finished the entire race!

I loved her whole story, but for me, the most inspiring part was the way Chris Powell talked about Meredith when she passed mile 10; “…every step after that mile was a victory.”

Every step after that mile was a victory.

Let that sink in. Let it speak to you. This is CHOOSING victory. “The wall” cannot bring you down; if and when you hit it, do not allow yourself to be de-motivated within a mental struggle. Choose to see every step you push through as pure victory! We are runners, and we can do anything we put our minds to.


QOTD: Have you ever hit “the wall” during a training run or a race? How did you get past it? Do you think this kind of mindset will help you in the future?


  1. Such an amazing story! The next time I hit "the wall" during a run, I will remember this!

    1. Awesome! I hope it keeps you strong in your training/racing!!