Just doing a run on a cold, dark, and windy day says a lot about a person’s spirit. The effort to leave a cozy bed in a warm house and venture into the elements is massive. Many people are defeated before they step out the door because the coffee smells good, the couch is inviting, and the desire to ease into the day is strong. Once the run finally begins, the runner already has stashed away victories; this will be necessary when fatigue sets in later.
Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.