On a Friday night before the Ludington Lakestride Half-Marathon we were eating a pre-race meal with the family in a little Italian Restaurant. During our dinner we were talking about my friend Dan, who is a Marathoner. He ran the Boston Marathon this year. He is very, very quick.
I said, “Dan Cummings is running tomorrow. I wonder if he’ll wait around to watch me finish.”
One of the girls said, “Dad, what if you came in before he did, tomorrow?”
I said, “I would be a little more likely to win Miss America.”
You don’t just stumble into greatness. In running terms, you have to do the miles. And it doesn’t hurt if you have a little natural speed.
Life is like that. Sometimes good things just seem to fall in your lap, but more often then not you have to “do the miles.”