When I first started running my biggest fear was to enter a race and come in Dead Flippin’ Last or DFL.

Sometimes it's not about being your fastest. Sometimes it's about hanging out in the back and fearlessly encouraging others.
Sometimes it’s not about being your fastest. Sometimes it’s about hanging out in the back and fearlessly encouraging others.

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.

 

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