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Axioms

We’ve identified 9 Axioms that define why we as a community do what we do and what it means to make better athletes, teammates, and people - explained by the people that make EDGE possible.

LIVE WITH INTENTION, COME BACK TO IT OFTEN.
After running my first marathon in my uncle's name and raising funds for cancer research, my intention was to qualify for and run the Boston Marathon. Over the next two years, every workout, every run... He was my motivation. When I would get tired, I would think of my Uncle Chris. - Lydia

EMBRACE WEAKNESSES, THEN SEEK OUT TO DESTROY THEM – NIKE+ RUN CLUB
Training for my first Ironman, I had to learn to swim and ride a tri bike. I accepted that I would finish as one of the last athletes. That was two fulls and two half Ironmans ago. My determination to finish keeps me going. - Jen

MEDIOCRITY HAS NO HOME HERE.
This shouldn't be confused with a measure of time or speed, or how elite someone is. It's easy to cut a workout short, do one less rep, skip a session - that's what defines mediocrity. The mind games we play with ourselves determine the outcome. - Brian

YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE. YOU CAN GO FARTHER THAN YOU THINK YOU CAN. – KEN CHLOUBER (FOUNDER, LEADVILLE 100)
It's hard to think of being strong when I'm in a dark place, but setting mini goals proves I am stronger than I think. Through these small building blocks, I'm setting myself up for more than previously imaginable. A current goal of mine is to body-weight squat pain-free and every day I work on the smaller things that will help achieve this. You may laugh, but this is a huge achievement out of two dark, injury-ridden years. - Shawna

DO THINGS THAT MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE. THAT IS HOW YOU GROW. – JOE MADDEN
As athletes, we train to get fitter, stronger and faster yet it is easy to fall into a routine. Whether challenging a constant negative thought pattern or pushing an unprecedented pace, these moments away from what we know can be the most rewarding. It does not do well to fear the unknown. Fear, instead, the idea of becoming complacent and habitual. - Kelsea

IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE HARD…THE HARD IS WHAT MAKES IT GREAT. – TOM HANKS
Finishing my first marathon gave me the confidence to achieve any goal I set out for myself, no matter how grand in size. It made me a stronger person. Now the further the better. I get psyched when I see “20-some miles” on my training calendar – sick I know. I actually get excited to be the sore, hobbling runner you see the day after the race. - Katie

HONOR THE SWEAT BOND.
Over the past couple years, I’ve trained more and more in group settings with fellow runners becoming some of my closest friends. We may be training for different races and even different distances but we run together with the common goal of ending the day as better athletes than when we woke up. It’s a bond of mutual respect and camaraderie that can unite even the most polar opposites. No matter race, religion or creed, everyone sweats. - Luc

LISTEN TO THAT LITTLE VOICE WHISPERING IN YOUR HEAD. IT’S TELLING YOU WHAT YOU WANT, HOWEVER CRAZY.
For years I was a social worker - a title that encompassed much of my identity. I listened to the little voice and found EDGE, hired a triathlon coach and started my own music business. It’s never too late to take a risk and lean into an unknown that could become one of the most beautiful parts of the path you choose. - Laura

STAY HUNGRY, ALWAYS.
It’s a feeling deep within you to be better than you were the day before. It’s knowing the only limits that can ever keep you from reaching your goals are the limits you impose on yourself. Staying hungry means acknowledging the limits that confront us day in and day out, and continually deciding to ignore them. - Jaime




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