What I Have Learned From Running

Be Amazing

Today has been a busy day. I am finally feeling better.  After all that letting go I did, I have been reflecting about the lesson(s) I can take from not being able to run my half marathon and being so hard on myself and moving on.

Running has taught me so much about myself and what I am capable of and I think I apply much of my attitude about running and training to every aspect of my life.

And then there is the not so serious things I have learned from running and well, I suppose I may be alone in some of them,  but I do know I am not alone in all of them.  And that is just one of many, many  things I love about running.

So what have I learned from running?

Dried Leaf Heart

If you are naturally thin and are a runner,  getting enough protein and calories becomes an obsession of sorts.

Running is really, really f-ing hard. But so are relationships, being a parent and driving a stick shift for the very first time. And unlike relationships and being a parent, running does get easier with time.

You will have a love hate relationship with hills. You will hate them until you make it run to the top. Then you will fall in love with them all over again. Then you remember you have to make it run back down.

There is no such thing as having enough workout clothes.

I can keep going long after I think I can’t  take another step

At some point you may develop a deep emotional attachment to your running shoes.

 Then you will buy as many pairs of the same style running shoe as you can, before they are discontinued.

Heart Rock

When you go on vacation where you are going to run,  is just as important as where you are going to eat or sleep

Waking up at 430 AM on race day feels like Christmas. No wait, it’s better.

Peeing in pubic will be considered. Or peeing in public will happen.

Running in the rain is pure awesomeness. 

Running fixes bad moods. If you are in a bad mood your family and/or friends may ask you if you are feeling okay.

A mile is still a mile no matter how fast or how slow you run.

Speaking of miles. You will know exactly how many miles you have on your shoes, but will have to look up how many miles you have driven on your vehicle tires.

Grape Leaf Heart

If you run, you are a runner.

Spending $20 to go the movies seems expensive, but spending $20 on a race you hope to finish well under 30 minutes is a bargain.

You look forward to getting up at 6 AM on a Saturday to go for a long run.

Getting a new PR ,  a PB or finishing a race are all genuine reasons to go out for a celebratory dinner.

At some point getting a new PR, PB or finishing a race will bring you to tears. Big alligator overwhelmingly proud and happy tears.

It turns out you can run away from your problems. 

Strength training is important. But not as important as making sure you stay properly hydrated.

If you are worried about not being able to make it home, plan a route where you pass by a fire department. Trust me, the eye candy and reassurance if you collapse they will rescue you, is totally worth it.

Painted Heart

Not every run will be a good run. But you won’t remember that until you have a bad run. You may feel discouraged, but all is forgotten when you drag yourself back out there and run like a Boss.

You will have setbacks. You will hit walls. And plateaus. Try not to get discouraged. Get out there and go for a run. Again. And again. Trust me, it’s worth it.

You are your own best cheerleader.

You are also your own worst enemy.

Your cheerleader and worst enemy will continually have heated arguments in your head about giving up. Giving in. Stopping. Slowing down. Cutting things short.  But remember, your cheerleader will always win those arguments. And you won’t give up. You won’t give in. And you will finish your run like a Boss.

Most importantly, since my last comeback just over a year ago, running has taught me to never give up on myself. Follow my heart. Keep running to my dreams. The hearts in I see along the way are proof enough for me, that all my dreams and goals will and slowly have and will, continue to become reality.

Heart Rocks, Rock

And I am sure I am forgetting something I have learned………but I need to water my garden and do a few things before I make dinner. I am making tacos and Princess is coming over to eat with us. Its one of her favorites. And for those of you that remember the happenings of 4th of July, since, she has continued to work on herself and she is doing exceptionally well. And…..I got the go-ahead to do yoga and upper body strengthening at the gym. I am so excited to be sore  from a workout! 

So now its your turn.

What’s for dinner?

what have you learned from being a runner?

What have you learned from not being a runner?

Or not being able to run at all?

One last thing.

WordPress people?  If someone doesn’t post for a while it shouldn’t mean they don’t show up in my reader. No wonder I miss posts!  Fix that please!  Also the latest update for iPhone did help a little, but keep working on it okay?! Just think Instragram, but better. Okay that was two last things.

Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!


44 thoughts on “What I Have Learned From Running

  1. I’ve felt so odd and out of the ordinary about everything I’ve gotten out of running and my LOVE for being active/healthy living, UNTIL I created a blog and reached out to the community. I’m so thankful for all of you who feel like this, makes me feel normal!


  2. Wow, this is an AWESOME list! Luckily I’ve not peed in public yet–but then again, I haven’t done long races. And yes, I just pulled a pair of shoes out of a box that I bought last year (I bought three pair in 2 weeks because I heard they were discontinuing the color!). I got them 1/2 off, so I get that part!
    I am happy, no, elated, to say that I get most of what you say–I FINALLY am there with the whole hills thing–but that’s totally new to me.
    Two days ago I didn’t run. I cannot believe I’m writing this, but I WANTED to run! Go figure! That has never happened to me before. Five or six years after I took Beginner’s Luck runner’s class and I am finally getting hooked! Seriously, does it take everyone this long?
    For those of us who were never thin, we are still trying to figure out how to slow down the calorie intake–but the worst is when we cannot train, we gain a bunch of weight back!


    • I haven’t peed in public, but I have considered it and I know one of these days it will happen.
      I don’t really understand the shoe thing, so I just go with it, I have stocked up, but I keep thinking oh heavens do I need more?
      I am so happy for you and wanting to run, its such a wonderful and amazing feeling! And the hills, well, gotta love to hate them 🙂


  3. I have learned that you are your own best friend and your own worst enemy. Last year, I had a really rough go… My brain and I battled all year! I think I’m getting myself back to norm again now!?


    • Oh heavens soooo very true! Its such a challenging aspect of ourselves that we must continue to keep in check so to speak. And I am so happy you are getting yourself back to normal, I know that feeling and its a challenge to get through. 🙂


  4. So very well said! Trail running literally saved my life when I thought that the depression and anxiety would swallow me whole, and you put into words so many of the lessons that it has taught me. So glad you shared this gift with all of us, and also, I am happy to hear that you are feeling better. Keep running!


    • Oh my, I can only imagine your trails look so beautiful! I haven’t been given the go for hills just yet, but I am looking forward to that simplicity and view from the top that running the creek trail just doesn’t have.

      And thank you! It feels good to feel better, which in turn my spirits are better which makes everything else all the better. 🙂


  5. There is so much good stuff here it’s impossible to comment on all of it. That would require far too many words. But, this … running in the rain is pure awesomeness. This is so true and I think one of the things I miss most about not being able to run. Most people who aren’t runners, and even a few who are, don’t understand this, but for me, the best runs were the ones in the rain. It is so freeing, liberating, refreshing and … just everything.
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane of why I enjoyed it so much. Maybe it’s the kick in the pants I need to go back to the doc for a fix.


    • Oh I am so happy someone else understands running in the rain! So, so amazing!

      And I know after a year with the doc and PT wasn’t successful, but maybe if there is even just a small possibility of a fix, perhaps give it a go! I know for myself I had a shoulder injury, surgery, PT etc. and finally I just said that is enough.I ended up doing acupuncture and slowly strengthening it on my own and healed. 🙂


      • Just so you know, I contacted my physical therapist today to start up again. I’m going to dedicate the next couple of months to a routine of exercise and PT exercises to see what happens. If I don’t get improvement, I’m seeing the sports doc again and demanding an MRI and surgery — which I think is inevitable. And the reason is about 5% me and about 95% motivated by your post here. So, thank you. I must, absolutely, get to the point where I can run again.


      • Oh my heavens that is wonderful news! The body has an amazing way of healing itself and hopefully you will have continued improvement and no surgery! And have you ever done acupuncture? It’s worth a try, it’s done amazing things for me. Wishing you nothing but the best on your comeback! 🙂


      • Put this another way, if you wonder if what you write ever has an impact on somebody, remember this post and my reaction.


    • Oh my heavens do I love pizza! 🙂
      And thank you, I definitely can breathe a little easier knowing she is doing well.
      I am excited to get back to the gym, I won’t do yoga until Monday when my favorite teacher is there, but I am looking forward to the upper body workout! 🙂


  6. WOW! This post is so great! The “I can keep going long after I think I can’t take another step” comment is something I have been battling with this week. The mind can play tricks on you and you have to bring your inner strength out to show it who’s BOSS! It has been so dry here, that I have not had the opportunity to run in the rain yet! I was actually disappointed because Wednesday it started raining within 15 minutes of me finishing up 😦 I also teared up a bit reading about finishing a race and new PR’s. Running has given me a deep sense of accomplishment and motivation! Glad you’re feeling better!


    • Ohhhh I completely understand, the mind can be so sneaky sometimes, but that inner strength always wins!

      And so true, running also gives me a sense of accomplishment and motivation that I have been able to get from anything else which overflows into other areas of my life. Amazing! 🙂


  7. Hey there, I meant to comment on this last night but sleep overtook me.
    I haven’t been running much for the last few months. I love running, though. I love running in the rain and especially love running in the snow. Trail running in the winter is the best. I prefer 25 degree running to 75 degree running. Of course I hate ice! I totally agree with you on being your own cheerleader or the naysayer.
    Tonight we’re having steak and peas. Love meat and I even though I am not thin I have that, “I need enough protein” thing going on.
    Not getting all my posts either.


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