I woke up Saturday morning after a heartbreaking finish to the season, I was hoping it was all just a nightmare and I was still able to fish and the realization set in again and I was feeling pretty down. My body and mind felt like I’d been hit by a bus and my motivation to pack up and go to the weigh in was low.
The first message that was up on my phone was from Elite Series angler @caleb.sumrall.fishing who also missed the cut and his opportunity at the Classic. His message read something like “We running this morning??” It was honestly the last thing I wanted to do but I also didn’t want to be packing up and feelin sorry for myself so I said let’s do it. He was out at our camp in 15 minutes and we hit the pavement for a 4 mile run. We both vented about how the week went for us and the tough road we are on trying to make it in this sport. By the time we got back I was a different person and had shaken most of that negative feeling I was having. Without his push I wouldn’t have done something I didn’t feel like doing and would have wasted a day. The pain is still there but with each run and workout it fades a little.
Keep those people around that push you to be better every day.