I'm sure you have a Facebook account. As a matter of fact, I'm quite sure the majority of Americans have Facebook, except my parents. I've always said that the day my parents get Facebook is the day I stop using it.
Facebook has, along with many other websites, a place where you can put your favorite quote. Some people go the funny route: "I'm a manbeast extraordinaire." (I saw this on one of my friend's profiles the other day and just thought it was funny.) Some list the entire bible out, or so it seems. Others, like myself but not many others, list just their favorite quote, whatever that might be.
My favorite quote is:
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Prefontaine
I've loved this quote since the moment i heard it, back in high school. It has stuck with me and motivated me on days where it would be easier to run slower/less distance. I am a big believer in using your talents and gifts to the best of your ability. If I give anything less than my best, than I am essentially wasting my talents and gifts.
As I've been thinking about the races I've run this year, I know I tried my hardest and did my best, whatever it was on that particular day. Some races were awesome, while others were utter disappointment and learning experiences. My biggest race is just a few days away - 12 to be exact. It could not come any sooner. And you can count on the fact that I'll be using every ounce of talent i have to do well.