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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.
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    So very sorry for your loss of your dear hubby and your mom.
    I am so happy though that you are taking care of yourself and moving forward. Great reasons for running and so glad that you listen to your body and are getting the most from your running!!! I have to admit that number 9 really had me laughing because I totally related to it!!! My running is on hold for now but I continue to walk every day which makes me feel better. Would love to run with my DD and as soon as I get clearance I will.
    You are doing a great job!!! Keep it up and let us know how you are doing.
    Blessings and hugs,
    1818 days ago
    So very sorry you have had such a very sad time ,especially losing both you Hubby, then your Mum xx
    I love that you are blogging and also looking after yourself .
    Take Care .. Hugs Susie xx emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1820 days ago
    All great reasons but I love 9. I feel the same way!!! emoticon
    1820 days ago
    Every one of those reasons are great reasons to get out there and JDI. Sorry for both of your bereavements, you have had a lot to bear. For me, I found I can't run and cry, so I run if I'm having a melt down.
    1820 days ago
    I agree with you about running!!!! I am sorry you lost your mom unexpectedly, I lost my dad unexpectedly also almost 2 years ago....(((((hugs))))))!!!!
    1820 days ago
  • CYND59
    Very good blog. I am a runner at heart. I have had to limit my exercise to walking due to some health issues. I should be cleared for running again in April or May. I am looking forward to it.
    1820 days ago
    emoticon Listen to your body. emoticon
    1820 days ago
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