Happy Monday everyone!
This week has been a tough one for me. I’ve been battling an ear infection, cold and (annoying) cough ever since last Wednesday. I’m not sure why I have gotten sick so many times this year, but I am sooooo ready to be done with illnesses for a while!
Although being sick is not fun, my abs have gotten a killer, and I mean KILLER workout from all this coughing! To say that I am sore is an understatement. It’s called the silver lining people! It’s always there, you just have to find it
Even though I haven’t been running (due to being sick), it always seems to be something that is on my mind.
One of the amazing things that never ceases to amaze me about running, is how comparable most running advice can be to life. Running to me, truly is the perfect metaphor for life. Over the past few years, I have collected lots of little tips or lessons from running, that I try to incorporate not only while running, but also in my daily life.
Below I’ve compiled a list of 5 of my favorite running/life lessons. I hope you enjoy them!
The Time is Going to Pass Anyway
Time is a funny thing. No matter what you do, whether you choose to do it or not, the time is going to pass either way. In today’s society everything is judged by time. The saying “timing is everything” is one I hear on a regular basis. I can’t tell you how many times I hear people say (myself included), “someday, I will run a marathon”, “at some point I’ll go back to school” or if I had more time, I would be able to accomplish X, Y or Z”.
The truth of the matter is – the time is going to pass either way. Of course you shouldn’t jump into things you aren’t ready for, and you should certainly think about big decisions, but don’t let the time it will take you to accomplish these goals (running related or not) keep you from pursuing them. The time is going to pass, whether you like it or not. Make the best of it.
It’s Not About the Destination, It’s About the Journey
Ok, so this one is totally cliché, but also VERY true! On the day of my first half-marathon, I found myself not only thinking about how it would feel to cross that finish line, but also about all of the long runs, short runs and not so good runs that got me to that point. Running a race, isn’t just about the miles you complete on race day, the medal you receive (even though I love the bling!) or the bragging rights (shhh!). It’s about traveling to race locations, meeting new people along the way, being endlessly amazed of what your body is capable of and proving to yourself, that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible!
Much like in life, we tend to focus on the destination, instead of the journey. Whether it’s in life or a race, enjoy the moment you are in! You will never arrive at a place where everything is perfect. Never lose site of where you want to go, but love where you are right now!
Take Advice From Others
Listen to what others have to say. Have an injury? Consult a doctor. Not sure on a training plan? Research different kinds. Can’t decide on a race? Turn to people who have run several before. Don’t be a know-it-all. Be open to learn. Read books. Research topics that are not familiar to you. People want to help you, but only if you give them the opportunity to.
Your Abilities and Someone Else’s Abilities are Not the Same
This is a tough one. Don’t compare yourself to others. There is always going to be someone who is faster, stronger or more athletic than you are. Some people grasp things right away (annoying!), others have to constantly keep at it. All you can do is give YOUR 100% effort each time you hit the pavement. Being competitive is good, but don’t beat yourself up over it. You will get there!
For God’s sake people, please, please, please don’t forget to SMILE! No matter how bad your run (or day) is going, there are so many worse things that you could be doing!
Someone, somewhere has got it WAY worse than you do. Legs hurting? Hard to breathe? Just smile! Sounds crazy but it helps, trust me!
Has running (or another sport) taught you anything about life?