You are becoming more awesome everyday! This is Great!
Another quote that was running through my head in my 5k on Saturday (actually over and over in my head) was:
"If it comes down to a pure guts race, I'm the only one who can win." I'm ashamed to say I'm not sure if I have it word for word, but if I'm off, it's only by a couple of words at most. But it could be spot on.
I think pure guts is the only reason I had success in running for the 3 or 4 years I as competitive.
We can always go faster, push ourselves harder, but we don't because of consequences....pain, lack of air, fear, etc. When you learn how to overcome those fears and just leave everything you have out there on the race course, it is one of the greatest feelings anyone can every experience. It has only happened to me a few times, but on one of those magical days I beat two Olympic runners
It's a special feeling.
I'm at a library now and have to go...but I'll start a PRE thread soon, since he is basically the main reason I have been able to achieve goals in vegan bodybuilding and in life, that most people would have never expected.