“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners.  Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”  This George Sheehan quote arrived in my e-mail inbox Monday.  Sheehan was an accomplished runner, writer, and doctor, and the arrival of his advice was timely.  Two days prior, two of my children had participated in their first cross country meet.  We talked before the meet about how celebrating the ability to run and giving your best are what matter.  Not ribbons or times.  They smiled and nodded, both secretly hoping for a ribbon.  Don’t we all?  A sunny morning graced our meet, and the temperature was…