The Myth of Free

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Ain’t that the truth. Everything has a cost and payment need not be in money. It can be pain, the “burn,” time, tears, friends…

I picked up my medal for the marathon that never happened. NYRR has been giving them out to runners who had signed up to run the 2012 NYC Marathon. I figured I deserved it after all the training.

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I was wrong. Because I didn’t have to work for it, this medal lacked the allure and sparkle that it should have. Training is a distant memory. Actually doing the work and the pain experienced is what makes the reward all the more sweet, even valuable.

So as you tackle this week ahead, remind yourself that every dollar or dead lift expelled is not suffering. It’s one step closer to a great reward.

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