There has to be some kind of saying that includes “surround yourself with greatness” … something, something, etc. Right?

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to run part of a 6 hour race. It was a 1.1 mile loop that you ran as many times as you could for 6 hours. Pretty straightforward. I was only able to run for 2.5 hours because I had a prior commitment in the afternoon, but I knew some fabulous runners were going to be there and thought it would be great to meet some of them for the first time.

This was my view every 8 minutes. Pretty good view if you ask me.

I’m glad I made the decision to show up and do a few laps. I’m not kidding when I say that I am inspired and motivated by all of you. The cool thing about this set up was that I could do a mile loop with a few runners then do another with others. It was fun. In the photo above are STRONG runners.

In the conversations I got to know what some were training for, time goals they had, and I was blown away by their goals, speed and determination.

I want to be faster. I want to be stronger. Running with these amazing runners, even if for only a few minutes, reignited my motivation to improve as a runner. Surround yourself with greatness…

What inspires/motivates you? Can you recognize any of the runners in the photo?