The Philadelphia Phillies have not won a World Series since 1980. You can only imagine the disappointment, the discouragement, and the ridicule and boos from the fans that they endured for 28 years. But did they quit? Give up?, Stop trying? Did they let what others said about them rob them of their goal to be world champions? No, they kept their eyes on the prize.
This is just another among the many metaphors for the endurance, longevity, and persistence needed to finish the race of faith, the Christian Olympics. (Phil 3:13-14)