"It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice in your head that wants you to quit."
For me, it's not always the voice inside telling me to quit. It's also the voices inside that worry and stress. That question and wonder. That plan and schedule. These voices rarely stop. It seems to be how I'm wired. But when I'm running, the voice inside me slowly shifts from the questions of the day and of life to making sure I don't quit, to digging deep and finding my strong.
This morning, for a little over 3 miles, the voice in me stressing over another fever in my 3 year old, over potentially working from home tomorrow, from balancing life with fevers was quieted and will hopefully remain muted the rest of the day.