When I first started running my biggest fear was to enter a race and come in Dead Flippin’ Last or DFL.
When I got brave enough to talk to other runners, I found they shared the same fear. That fear can often be enough to prevent a newbie from even trying an organized race.
Then I read an article by a well known coach who’s name escapes me, but the message remains loud and clear. In the article the author calls upon all experienced runners to take a pledge…. A pledge to choose one race a year and finish last. That’s right: purposefully be DFL. Take the burden onto your own strong shoulders.
I answered the call, I ran the race and the joy I experienced from coming in last was immense.
This week as we celebrate Kathrine Switzer’s historic run in the Boston Marathon, I ask you to swallow your pride, put your ego on hold, and most importantly save someone – someone you probably don’t even know- the perceived embarrassment of being last in a race. Pledge to run a race DFL: Deliberately and Fearlessly Last.