“You don’t win a race when you cross the finish line, you are a winner the second you take that first step over the start line. Accepting the challenge is as great an accomplishment as any PR.”
Sean F caught the running bug just after the New Year in 2016.
Not always a runner, Sean grew up playing every sport imaginable, but it wasn’t until he worked a race in his hometown of Orlando, FL, that he recalls being inspired by the participants he saw crossing the finish line.
Aiming to cross his first half marathon off the bucket list in Savannah later that year, Sean knew he had to start small. He progressively took on longer distances and races over the course of the year. Running tends to lead people to new discoveries about themselves, and for Sean, it was about learning who’s in control of life.
As race day drew closer it seemed life itself was working against Sean and his Savannah plans. He nearly canceled his trip, but luckily, perseverance won out and he kept his 13.1-mile plans.
“The Savannah race fell at a very stressful time in my life and everything felt so out of control. I thought about cancelling my trip to Savannah simply because everything was so busy that I didn’t even train.
Leading up to Savannah and after Savannah, I had a lot of changes happening in both my personal and professional life, and it really affected my training (my longest training runs were 10 miles). However, when I crossed the start line that morning, none of that mattered. It was me and the course, and I was in control.”
For many participants, an endurance race in the midst of life’s unforeseen hiccups might sideline them. Not Sean.
“I decided I was just going to run to finish and go anyway. Once I started though, I couldn’t stop, I wouldn’t stop. I ended up finishing in just over 2:02 and couldn’t believe it. It felt so good to know that this race was something I was in control of and to know that I could push myself to do it.”
With the 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah behind him, Sean is now thankful he never gave up. Looking back on it all it showed him he was stronger and more in control of life than he’d led himself to believe.
“The race helped lift me through everything else that was happening in my life and my tears at the finish line were definitely tears of joy as I reminded myself, if I can do this, I can do anything!
Sean is one of the many Rock Stars that have created their moment through the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, and we’re honoring them all, as part of our 20 Years Running celebrations.
Meet us in Savannah and create your moment in on November 4-5, 2017!
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