I have been running for almost 3 years now (with injury breaks mixed in) and I have gained SO much from it mentally, physically and spiritually. When I first started, I struggled to complete a mile but I knew that figuring out how to run would get me in physical shape; but I didn’t anticipate it would somehow change me and help me grow in ways that nothing else could.
I started to think about all these lessons that I’ve learned from my running. They are universal. Really, these lessons could apply to life in general or any physical activity– swimming, cycling, cross fit, weight lifting, yoga, etc. Running has become a life-changer for me, a passion and an outlet but sometimes it can even feel like the last thing on Earth that I want to do. I’ve learned so much more about myself in the past almost 3 years of running, finding myself & pushing my potential.
To live my life as a runner & a good human being, I just need to follow these simple life lessons. ❤
1: To be good at anything, you have to put in the time and effort..
2: Do the best that YOU can do. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Just be the best possible you. Run your own race.
3: No matter how hard you work and how prepared you are, disappointments will unfortunately happen.
4: The most gratifying experiences usually come as a result of enduring the most painful trials.
5: If you focus on putting one foot in front of the other, you will eventually reach the finish line.
6: The mind is a very powerful thing. Training your mind is just as important as training your body.
7: Learning the difference between physically being unable to continue and giving up.
8: Accepting that every day is different — some days 5 miles is really easy, other days it feels like 50.
9: Enjoy the silence. There is too much noise in the world. Don’t be afraid of the quiet, listen to the sound of your breathing & foot falls.
10: Don’t over think things.
11: Rest days are needed.
12: The worst time, the slowest pace, the last person to finish the race is still better off than the person who refused to TRY.
13: Even if you fail, even if you cannot finish today, you can & should pick yourself up and try again tomorrow.
14: You’ve got to have patience, faith and goals.
15: Encourage others. Smiles, high-fives and compliments go a long way. Plus, It makes everyone (including YOU) feel better.
16: There are plenty of good people left in this world.
17: Pace yourself.
18: Run with your head up. Stay positive and confident. Look where you are going and soak in as much of life as possible.
19: There is no finish line in life. Keep going.
20: You are much much stronger than you think.
Bonus: Never, ever, forget why you started.
Now get out there & GO!
Dream Big. Work Hard.