Running has taught me so many things about life and myself. It’s amazing what something I couldn’t have ever imagined myself doing years ago has changed my life so much and in many ways. For me, it’s not all about medals and P.R.s (although those are nice), there is more to running and what it has taught me. Running has taught me…
1. I am capable of more than I ever imagined. Who knew I could run a mile, let alone 26.2 miles? Before I became a runner, these are things I NEVER considered possible. It began with one mile, evolved into three, then thirteen-point-one… Running isn’t always easy, but you truly do learn what you are capable of both physically and mentally. You physically run those miles, but it’s just as much a mental sport as it is a physical one.
2. I can do all things through Christ. For me, being capable of running goes hand in hand with my faith. I know that with God’s strength, I have and continue to be able to do this crazy sport I love. Despite the struggles I have in my life, running has come to mean so much. My faith in God has gotten only stronger through my running. I thank God each day that I can get out and run.
3. True friends are with you through the ups and downs. Running with the same people each week, mile after mile and for hours makes the best friendships. These are the people who see you through the best of times and worst of times. Running brings you true friendships that can last for a lifetime.
4. Feel the fear and do it anyway. It’s scary thinking that you are training for your first half marathon or full marathon. Heck, even my first 10k had me nervous back in 2011. Running has taught me to embrace that fear and just go out there and do it. That doesn’t mean all those miles still aren’t scary, but it can be conquered. And, if I can conquer 26.2 miles, what other things in life that I fear are able to be overcome?
5. It isn’t about being fast. Running is much more than being fast or winning. Getting to that starting line and then to the finish line, that’s what matters. No matter your speed, you are a runner if you run. What happens in between the two can and will change your life.
6. There’s nothing a good run can’t solve. A run helps clear your mind, and in turn gives you answers to questions and issues you may have had before you laced up and headed out the door. Just takes a few miles…if you can’t solve a given problem while you are out for a run, well, you may never get a solution.
7. Enjoy the journey. Sure, we train for a particular race or races, but it’s about the journey, not the destination. All the work you put in during the journey to that race is to be enjoyed. Those are the memories you will keep forever WITH the memories you create on race day. It’s all wrapped up in one awesome package.
8. You have to create your own motivation. Some days motivation will come easy, others it will take everything you’ve got to get out of bed. You have to learn to motivate yourself, because sometimes, there will be no one but that reflection in the mirror to convince you to run. Self motivation is tough, but you become truly successful in whatever you pursue with it.
What has running taught you? Share in the comments!