“It’s the middle of the [race], when the excitement of the starting gun is a dim memory, and the joy of the finish line is a distant dream.”
– Seth Godin
They all knew it was coming. After nailing season or personal bests in every race so far this season, the North girls knew the Dip lay ahead and their streaks were likely coming to an end on the hills and in the mud of Brecksville. But even knowing it would happen did not take the sting away when they experienced it.
It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter how much talent or how hard you work, and it doesn’t matter how much luck is on your side, you will experience the Dip. You’ll experience the Dip or maybe many Dips over your running career, in one season, and even in each race. While often uncomfortable, if not downright painful, these Dips define us: are we going to be our best or are we going to settle?