keep going. that pain you feel? that's fear melting away like wax off of a candle that's weakness washing out of your pores like a monsoon. that's the old you being shed away like dead skin. rising out of the ashes of your former self.
i always hesitate to call myself a runner, but this makes me rethink my reasoning. even though i am not highly competitive nor do i desire to run a marathon, i do run 3 miles a few times per week. i am a runner.