When major events happen in your life for some reason those memories stick no matter how long ago they may be. The memory of how I learnt about Steve Nash is one of those memories I never forgot. In the second grade in 2002 we were assigned to make a mobile of a Canadian Olympian. My mom recommended I do it Steve Nash. The rest was history.
Shortly thereafter I also demanded she sign me up to play basketball. So I played competitively from when I was a wee little girl till grade 12. During this time I also stood by my reasoning to never wear the number 13 or #7 because I was always worried the one game or practice I didn't work hard enough or play smart enough it would make Steve Nash's number look bad. Kind of silly but I stuck with it.
So how does this all relate to my present day goals in running? It's no longer my dream to play basketball for Team Canada or get a division 1 scholarship. But it is still my goal to chase those scary dreams that keep me up at night, that make me second guess my dreams.
This year my goal is to run a sub 4 hour marathon - it scares me to even think about it. When I read Steve Nash's retirement letter it provoked feelings and thought. Why should I be scared of this challenge? The odds were stacked even higher and harder against Steve Nash.
This was my favourite excerpt from the post.
Stay obsessed. Set Goals. Work. Dream. Scheme and push yourself beyond what is normal or expected. Simply put, work your butt off and anything can happen. There are a lot of runners I look up to, most of them are teammates or friends. It's a nice reminder to think, why can't I be as good or fast as them in a few years if I work hard.
This is a lesson all athletes or anyone with a dream can take away.
Steve Nash did pretty good for a kid no one knew.