Happy National Running Day! Last year, I had a really hard time filling out the "I Run" badge you see here. There were so many reasons, and putting them into a single, direct phrase was pretty daunting.
This year, I was a little better prepared. Looking at all running has given me and all it has taught me, it can be summed up simply enough:
Really, isn't that what it boils down to? Running challenges me. It shows me what I'm really made of. What I can accomplish. It has shown me that I am...
...stronger than I ever thought...
|A new 5k PR and the first time I ever placed at a race.|
|Finishing my last leg of Ragnar with one final kill.|
|The first time I ever raced alone.|
...and more resilient.
|A new half marathon PR just a week post-Ragnar.|
I know and understand myself so much better because of running. That's an invaluable gift.
Even as a "seasoned" runner (I've been running for five years now, I can hardly believe it!), I still fall into the trap of seeing runners and assuming it's easy for them. But we all know the truth. Running takes effort, and it's the effort that makes it great.
Recently, I've been getting those messages I so love from old friends. You know the kind...they tell you that your running has inspired them, and they want to try it out, and can you offer advice?
So this is for you, newcomers. Welcome to the tribe! Of all the things running has given me, I think the friendships will always be #1.
Why do YOU run?