Ten Things I've Learned from Running
Saturday, March 02, 2013
It's about time I wrote another blog. I can't believe it's been so long. My life has changed so much since June of 2011. I moved twice (I'm really happy with where I live now), and I lost my mom very suddenly last October. Unfortunately, I gained about 30 pounds, too. It kind of crept up on me while I was focusing on getting my life back together after losing my husband. In January, I decided to start focusing on getting back to healthy. I started running again, and I wanted to make a list of things that I've learned from running. Some of these things took me a long time to learn.
1. Running twice a week doesn't give me shin splints. It took me a long time to learn that running three times a week is when I start having pain.
2. It's okay that I run slow. I still struggle with this, because I wish I could earn medals at races, but I'm just a slow runner, and it's okay!
3. Sometimes, you just have a bad run. That's all it is, a bad run. A bad run doesn't mean I have to give up forever.
4. It's okay to take a break from running. Do what you love. If you don't love running, then don't do it.
5. It's okay to have a love/hate relationship with running. Sometimes I ask myself why I keep doing it. More often, other people ask me why I keep running. Sometimes I hate it, but most of the time, I feel so good after a run that it makes the struggle worth it.
6. Having a goal (like an upcoming race) will definitely make me more motivated to train.
7. If my quads are sore, I can still run. I guess I use different muscles, but if I'm sore from doing squats the day before, they won't hurt when I'm running.
8. The following things can get me through a tough run: counting my breaths, counting number of times my right foot strikes the ground, singing ABCs or a Christmas Carol in my head.
9. Running in bad weather (cold, rain, snow, etc.) makes me feel like a badass, and that's enough motivation to get me outside.
10. It's difficult, but I can't compare myself to others. I know how good it feels to accomplish a goal, even if that goal is to run for five minutes.