Ultra-Runner Larisa Dannis (2nd Woman overall at the 2014 Western States 100) smiling widely as she rolled into the 100k aid station at Western States!
Larisa carried this on her as she ran toward the USATF 50-mile road championship (in course record time!)
This past weekend, elite ultra-runner and friend Larisa Dannis WON the USATF 50-mile road championship, finishing 5th overall in a course record time of 5:59!
You may remember our podcast with Larisa from a few months ago, after she shocked the ultra-running world with a 2nd place finish at the Western States 100! If you haven't listened to it yet, check it out!
Beyond celebrating Larisa's amazing success with her, what is the real purpose of this blog post?
Larisa carried the note you see a picture of, with the quote from Samuel Johnson, on her while she ran. Despite her obvious and amazing athletic talent, Larisa is just like every one of us in that she battles the same demons who will have her doubt herself or her ability to reach her goals and be successful. The negative inner critic (or whatever else you might want to refer to it as), it is one gargantuan reason why so many of us give up or fall short despite our desire to achieve more - to become more.
Larisa does the work and trains hard, and that is obviously also a huge part of why she has been successful, of course. But as much as that...
...her success speaks directly to her belief that anything really IS possible IF you work hard, don't give up or give in, and BELIEVE IN yourself!
(Our own Colleen Alexander, who is now a personal trainer at our NEW Pursuit Training Center) also has overcome incredible odds to be here today in part, because of that same belief!).
They BOTH have cleared their mind of can't.
They both believe that ANYTHING is truly possible, and that amazing things can happen when we clear our mind of can't.
So read the quote Larisa carried with her.
And again, as many times as you need.
Clear Your Mind of Can't.
If we ALL could embrace this simple statement and make it our own mantra, perhaps we could also see something much greater inside of us than we ever thought was possible.
Thanks Larisa for sharing your gift and the words of Samuel Johnson.
So what's next for her? How about the World 100k championship in Doha, Qatar at the end of the month.
Best of luck Larisa and happy trails everyone!
Clear your mind of can't.