I’m going to cheat.

Most of today’s blog comes from someone far better than me at finding the right words to sum up his thoughts; the poet Rudyard Kipling. His poem titled “IF” has to be one of my favorites and is a fantastic reminder of the mindset and character we should all aim to cultivate.

No matter what challenges you are currently facing in your running, your health or your life in general, this poem will help you refocus and remember what matters most.

About a year ago, I got a copy of this poem and put it in a frame for my sons to display in their room. I don’t think they yet understand the power in these words, but I’m sure that one day it will serve them well, as it has for me.


IF you can keep your head when all about you 

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!


Run long,


Shaun Brewster.


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  1. Jaci
    4 years ago

    Perfect! :o)

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