Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.
I fell in love with this quote the second I read it for the first time and it has been stuck in my head ever since. So much so, that it has become my mantra during my training. “Never outrun your joy of running.”
I’m very pleased that I’ve had a couple of good weekly runs lately because it has been a real boost to my confidence, which was wavering somewhat over the past few weeks. The more I grow as a runner I find myself changing my focus. I never want to reach a point where running feels like work or isn't enjoyable anymore. Running is just putting one foot in front of the other, right? Yes, technically, but your wrong. Its just as much mental as it is physical, or at least it is for me on most days. I switched gears and began harnessing the power of my thoughts and Boom, it’s like the sky opened and everything started falling into place. Not only did I start achieving my running goals, but running became more fluid, more fun, and yes, even easier. The mind has an incredible power to energize us, push us past self-imposed limitations, grow our confidence, and persevere when the going gets tough. Focus and enjoy!
The real and pure joy I experience from running comes from being fully present, living in the moment and the new friendships forged with people in the running community.
I don’t have much support in real life, so I have found an online running support group, joined it, and haven’t been afraid to ask a million questions. I’ve noticed that some seasoned runners don’t mind helping the less experienced. Having other runners to turn to when I needed advice or just a kick in the rear really helps me. I wish I had this sort of support in real life. I have also discovered and have been loving taking part in #RunChat on Twitter when I can. My thirst for knowledge is insatiable.
Hey, where did that focus go? It doesn’t carry over to this blog I see, I’m something of a rambler. One thing I know I’m focused on is reaching the finish line and achieving the goal of conquering the (once) frightening 26.2 miles. Is it October yet?
Dream Big. Work Hard. :)