This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.
Two miles from the end of my long run Saturday, I saw a hawk on a fence post about 20 feet away from me with a roughly 3/4 eaten carcass of what I believe was a rabbit. For the next 1/4 mile, I found myself wondering, did I look more like the hawk or the rabbit?
Then, I thought to myself I don’t care which I look like. I’m out here to become the hawk. I want to be the powerful predator, not the helpless prey. Whether or not I look like the rabbit right now, these final two miles are part of my becoming the hawk. The rest of the run, I finished strong, repeating the mantra "be the hawk" to myself.
Next time you’re out on a tough long run or workout or, especially if you’re going through a tough spot in a race, remember, be the hawk. Stay strong. Be the predator. Don’t let yourself become the prey.