Most people who run marathons finish them. Most. But not all.

At the 2016 New York City marathon there were almost 700 people who didn’t make it to the end. It’s hard to find serious data on this but conventional wisdom is that most people who quit drop out at about Mile 20.

But people don’t quit at Mile 1. Or Mile 2. Or Mile 5. They quit when they’re 75% through, or 80%, or 85%. They quit when they’re so close they can almost taste it.

Most people I see quit CrossFit, quit at Mile 20. By which I mean they quit right at that point where you’ve gone through the pain and put in the work but the results you’ve been dreaming of haven’t come yet.

And every time someone quits at Mile 20 I try to talk them out of it because it’s a tragedy to give up when you’re that close to the finish line.

I get it. The urge to quit a 5-round workout is always strongest for me at the beginning of round 4. The pain is there, but it doesn’t seem like it’s worth it yet. But you’re so close. And you might not be at Mile 20 right now, thinking about giving up when the finish line is almost in sight… but your friend might be.

So tell them. Say, “you’re almost there. Stick with it a little longer. I’ll pick you up before class. I’ll schedule my workouts with yours. Let’s cross that finish line together.”

Keep moving FORWARD and cross that finish line and get that medal.

It’s yours for the taking.