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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!