I’m linking up today with the Wednesday Word linkup, hosted by Debbie! Click the link below to see who else is linking up and to join in. Today’s word is tenacious.
The word tenacity, and the nature of being tenacious, means being very determined. It means persisting in the face of adversity. Runners of all levels and experience, by nature, are very tenacious. We make goals and cling to them. Whether it’s to run for 10 minutes without stopping or qualify for the Boston Marathon, each goal takes a lot of hard work and dedication.
Running teaches us to keep putting one foot in front of the other. It takes grit, toughness, tenacity, and probably a little bit of crazy and stubbornness too. At some point, you’re going to feel like you can’t go any further. Your head will say “you can’t” but your heart will say “you have to.” Tenacity especially shows up in ultramarathons. It takes an awful lot of determination and will to cover distances greater than 26.2 miles on foot.
Lately, I have been reading a book by ultramarathon legend Pam Reed called ‘The Extra Mile.’ The whole book is great, but I especially like this short quote:
“… desire and commitment are so important in ultra events. There is a certain amount of technique involved in running, but as the distances get longer, the race depends more on the heart than on the legs.”
I think when we approach something with a tenacious spirit, we will often surprise ourselves at what we can accomplish.
How does tenacity play a role in your life?