“Hold you down, like I was giving lessons in physics”. That is what I heard from behind me while running the last leg of the Bourbon Chase. In the moment, I was out of energy and running up a steep hill and was not sure how I was going to make it. The runner behind me had Iggy Azalea blasting out her iPhone with the above lyric reaching my ears.
The Bourbon Chase is a few thousand people running a relay chase across Kentucky. It does a fantastic job highlighting the state of Kentucky and its Bourbon industry while showing the beauty of the Bluegrass Countryside. Each runner finishes with 17.1 total miles. You get to run next to hundreds of runners and sometimes it is just you running in the middle of the night with no one around. In this case it was me and one person behind me playing Iggy Azalea.
It got me thinking, Iggy and the Bourbon Chase have a good bit in common. Iggy came onto the charts super quickly and has opened the market for her style of Hip Hop and emceeing. The Bourbon Chase shows the exciting rise of running and its cultural dominance in fitness.
Here are some things we can learn from them both:
Run the race You run. Iggy has a style that is all her own. You can see she has been well influenced and has unprecedented skills. The most impressive part of Iggy is that she has her own style. No one is like her, through plenty are coming up that will sound just like her. When you are running the 17 miles, in three different legs, through the night with little sleep you have to keep to your own style of running. You can not get influenced by someone who cuts in on you or become overwhelmed by a huge hill. You have to make your plan and run the race you planned. When you reach the finish line you will always be able to finish strong.
Rock the right gear. Iggy is on the top of the Hip Hop, Pop and Fashion game. Gear matters for Iggy. Her microphone & in-ears give her the right on stage sound sound to her stilettos that let her walk through a full day of interviews on her feet. At the Bourbon Chase, I ran in Hokas running shoes and it made all of the difference on my feet coupled with Map My Run telling me my pace and distance traveled via Siri’s voice from my iPhone.
At the end of the day you have got to be you. In everything you do. The race is always longer than you think and the prize is never big enough to drive you to the end. You have to want it from the inside first, then every step of the race will be in forward action and crossing the finish line will be a celebration of the accomplishment. Go for it!