Out There: Inspiration Is Everywhere

You don't have to look very far to be inspired by someone around you. Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

You don’t have to write for a running magazine to be moved – just look around.

I’ve been told I have a dream job, writing for a running magazine, and I have to admit it’s true. It’s fun to be a run geek amidst other run geeks. But that’s not the reason why I love this job.

Here at Competitor, we’re tasked with telling your stories. Inspiring tales can be found at all levels of the running community, from Galen Rupp’s stirring 10,000-meter performance at the 2012 Olympics to the age-group athlete who thought she’d never run a mile, let alone finish a marathon.

Simply put, runners make for great storytelling. Every year, we set new goals — to PR, to qualify, or to simply finish. We ignore the naysayers, the ones who call us “crazy” or roll their eyes when they think we’re not looking. Instead, we believe that with a little faith and a lot of hard work, we can get there.

And get there, we do.

Every day, the Competitor staff encounters proof of that very notion. There are so many stories of people overcoming challenges to accomplish something great: mothers and fathers who train on treadmills late at night after their children have gone to bed; cancer fighters, diabetics, and ALS warriors who prove science (and the eye-rollers) wrong with every finish line crossed; Boston Qualifiers who, just a few years prior, were overweight, unhealthy, and rolling their eyes at their crazy friends who ran marathons.

Not all these stories get told, however, but that doesn’t make them any less awesome – there just aren’t enough pages in a magazine to contain them all. That makes me proud to be an endurance athlete – what other community can boast they have too much inspiration?

When you’re surrounded by such brilliance, every morning is a reminder to be the very best you can be, and every night is a time to get excited about what’s to come. Truth be told, though, you don’t have to write for a running magazine to be moved – just look around. The people we write about are the same people sharing your running trail or lined up next to you on the starting line of any given race.

Whether you realize it or not, you inspire a lot of people. Without any prompting on your part, your friends, family members, coworkers, and perfect strangers look at what you do and believe that with a little faith and a lot of hard work, they can get there, too.

And get there, they will.

Yes, writing for a running magazine is a dream job. But at the end of the day, after all the deadlines have been met and the text published, the job is only awesome because of people like you, who amaze every single day.

Maybe you haven’t shown up in the glossy pages of Competitor (yet), but that doesn’t meant you don’t have a story worth telling.

So tell me, how does your story go?

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About The Author:

Susan Lacke does 5Ks, Ironman Triathlons, and everything in between to justify her love for cupcakes (yes, she eats that many). In addition to writing for Competitor, she serves as Resident Triathlete for No Meat Athlete, a website dedicated to vegetarian endurance athletes. Susan lives and trains in Phoenix, Arizona with three animals: A labrador, a cattle dog, and a freakishly tall triathlete boyfriend. She claims to be of sound mind, though this has yet to be substantiated by a medical expert. Follow her on Twitter: @SusanLacke


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