Today is National Running Day!
What better way to celebrate running than to acknowledge all the things that running has taught me. I’ve had the works of this topic chugging in my head for a while now, and usually thinking about it on – you guessed it – my runs. So without further ado…
Running has taught me…
….that comparison is a waste of time. There is always going to be someone faster than you, a more seasoned runner than you, who has run more races than you. Comparing your ability to someone else’s is unfair and a waste of time.
…that the best I can do is awesome.
…that running gives me “me time.” Perfect for thinking, sweating, being, praying, exploring, breathing, and releasing.
…that I can do anything I set my mind to. Might sound cliché, but I believe becoming a runner has stretched my mental limits. Not only do I believe I can accomplish new race distances, I believe running makes me stronger in all capacities of life.
…that practice, patience, and persistence is key.
…that rest is just as important as a workout.
…that when I eat like crap, I run like crap.
…that anything worthwhile in life is worth working hard for. And sometimes, working toward the things you really want is not always fun. But it’s always worth it.
…to be more patient with myself and to love myself.
…that any distance race is easily confused with being a marathon. I do not “run marathons.” Yet.
…to judge others less.
…that it’s a beautiful community of people who come together for common goals.
…that I am much happier when I run. And that whether or not I should run is usually a dumb question.
…that it’s okay to be really passionate about something without also being number 1 at it. Running has shown me that being your OWN number one is more important than winning or being number 1 in someone else’s eyes.
…that numbers are just numbers. Whether it be calories, miles, or minutes, numbers do not hold the power. I do.
…that water is my best friend. As well as my foam roller.
…that getting medals for doing something is pretty freakin’ cool. And t-shirts.
…that running is a way of life for me now. It’s just part of who I am.
…that not everyone is going to support my goals, running or not. But regardless, I know why I run and that’s more than enough to get me through.
…that I can get better at – and even enjoy – things that I was bad at before or hated.
…that “slow” and “fast” have a totally different meaning in the running world.
…that sticking to a schedule is important, but not life-or-death important.
…that I am beautiful the way I am.
…to stretch more. Way more.
…that I like myself.
…that races are addictive.
…that “bad” runs are a part of the process. That bad days are not a sign of failure, but a sign that I am living.
…that running with friends is fun.
…to wake up earlier.
…that no one is born a runner. But rather, runners are built over time.
…that I can do things I never thought I would.
…that I can feel more accomplished than I ever knew I could.
Running has taught me a lot of life lessons, more than I can recount right now.
But most of all, it has taught me that I can have anything I want and that I can be happy reaching for my goals.
What has running taught you?