Lady Gaga won the Oscar last night for her song Shallow in the movie A Star Is Born. Her acceptance speech began as most do, thanking those who had helped her to achieve the award, but ended in what really felt like a running pep talk. 

Gaga said, “If you’re at home, and you’re sitting on your couch, and you are watching this right now, all I have to say is that this is hard work. I’ve worked hard for a long time. And it’s not about winning, but what it’s about, it’s about not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There is a discipline for passion. And it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down or you’re beaten up, it’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and keep on going.”

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Running a race isn’t winning an Oscar, but Gaga’s speech is weirdly applicable to runners, especially after a bad race. So if you’re heading into a big event or maybe came up short of a goal, let Lady Gaga’s words remind you to dust yourself off and keep going. Because after all, this is hard work.

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