The first shoes I ever did serious training in. For my first race in 2014 and my first half marathon in 2015.
It’s back to half marathon training. I have this crazy goal of possibly running 3 half marathons in2018 (in the first year of my 30’s). I’m already signed up for 2 – the Disney World Half Marathon and the Yosemite Half Marathon. Here are some of the things I’m learning while running:
1. Comparing yourself to other is pointless.
Like running, as well as in life – comparing yourself to others does no good. When I first started running back in 2014 I was worried about running faster than others. But it didn’t make me a better runner, it made me a worse one. I was so in my head that I wouldn’t run well. When I ignored how others were doing and just focused on myself, I ran better! Same in life, comparing yourself to others only makes you feel worse about yourself, you don’t improve yourself.
2. Quitting is not an option
The worst feeling for me is that wall when I feel like I want to give up. But when you’re running outside in the streets you can’t quit. At some point it’s literally impossible to quit. Even if you stop running and start walking you have to walk the same distance back the you just came. I was thinking about that in our world right now that seems so messed up, and how when we hit a wall in fighting against injustice – we just want to quit. We want to give up and stop. But at some point – we can’t quit anymore. More and more each day we are surrounded by terrible things – an orange idiot who can’t stop tweeting, natural disasters we can’t control, selfish people who don’t care about the world around them – but we are in this world surrounded by all of it. As people of privilege, we can’t quit just because things are hard. Things have been hard for so many people long before we even knew the world was bad. I try to remember this as I’m running, in pain, not wanting to finish, but knowing that there is both great relief and great pride in knowing you got up and showed up ready to work.
3. Listen to your body and take care of yourself
This past week I haven’t been running at all because I’ve been sick. I hate being sick because I can’t do things. I can’t be Wonder Woman or Super Girl and sickness just proves I’m not invincible. So as much as I wanted to run, I had to stay at home and rest. A lot of times I attempt to “do it all” but my body needs things like food, rest, sleep, alone time, time with friends, Jesus, etc. If we are constantly on the go, trying to get work done, and never listening to our bodies when it says stop then we can do it serious damage.
When running there is literally no way to fail. I mean if you’re in the Olympics if you come in 4th you won’t get a medal (but that’s stupid – honestly all marathon runners in the Olympics should get a participation medal and the winners should get an additional gold/silver/bronze medal) but you still win if you finish. You only fail if you quit. I think of the times in our life when we are so afraid of failing, but in reality the main way to “fail” – is to give up.
4. Find someone who inspires you and encourages you
My runner inspiration is my friend Robyn – she KILLED IT at her latest half marathon race and it’s what got me into running half marathons. She inspires me to be a better runner because her awesome performance made me realize I wanted to get back into running after a six month break. In your life you also need people who inspire you to be a better person. Of course Robyn is that type of person who also inspires to be a better person. Having people like that in your life is important because community is important. It’s important to have friends in your life who inspire you to be better than you are. Even if you don’t know them personally – to have people in your life/in your running journey who push you be better is so important.
5. I honestly run to eat more carbs
Yep. True story. Nothing more to say about this