Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Running and Life

Sometimes while I'm running I think of anything except how I'm feeling. The other day while I was on my long run I started thinking about how I've related running to so many parts of my life.  There really are so many things with running that can relate to your life and it's all relative to you.

Running teaches us to be strong even when it's not easy.  There have been times in my life that I wondered how I'd ever even make it through.  I had depression as a teenager, and what I didn't know then was anxiety, mostly over what I thought other people thought of me. I've dealt with dealing with things that changed my life even though I didn't choose them. And much more. But just like running, the more we keep going, the less we give up, the stronger we get and the more endurance we have to get to the finish line.

We all go through things in life that are hard. Sometimes it feels like we are constantly running uphill.  Sometimes the trials and tests just keep coming. But we've done this before. We've pushed ourselves through things that felt hard. We can do hard things. Sometimes it takes a little help from friends, sometimes we drowned our thought out with music, but no matter what we keep going.

When we get past those tests, we realize that we have become stronger than we were before and we will be ready the next time it comes back around. We see that the hard things we went through, the hills we made it up, changed us for the better and helped us be a stronger runner.

Then, we see what all of those tests and all the hard work did when we meet race day and finish it strong with a new shiny PR.  Just like in life, challenging ourselves in our practice makes us better, faster runners for the things we need to beat.

Life can be like a marathon, or sometimes feel like sprints....maybe it should be thought of more like a long tempo run? But, it doesn't matter if we are talking about running or life in general, the more we work at being better at it, the stronger we get and the better we are every day.

What kind of run does your life feel like right now?

What ways do you relate your runs to your life?

What do you think about during your run?

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