The longer I keep running as a hobby, the more I have to remind myself to keep things in perspective, even when things aren't going the way I want them to. Running is a tough sport and not only is it very demanding physically, but mentally too. I have to remember this is not something I get paid for. It's not my job. Finding that healthy balance of doing challenging things (along with the setbacks) and still finding a joy for it, is absolute key.
Us runner people can be a little hard on ourselves. We are a different breed, probably all with some sort of obsessive issues with a type A personality. Am I right?! I mean why would normal people run 26.2 miles?! HA! With this though, can come a lot of negative self talk and doubting yourself. A bad race, an injury, a tough workout that beats you down can all mess with your head-I UNDERSTAND! And I'm sure if you're a runner, you have experienced this too! I could sit here and list all the ones in my life that come to mind and we'd be sitting here for quite a while! LOL. Life is about ebbs and flows though! You can't always be in a state of extreme fitness without becoming burned out and/or injured. This applies to everything in life really. You can't always be the top salesman at your job, you won't always wake up inspired, you won't always beat that person in a race, and you won't always feel like you're on top. AND THAT'S OK. That's life. This is where you have to mentally dig deep and learn to accept the lows. The not-so-ideal situations. Make it a point to always strive for better and take each wave in the ocean as they come and accept that if you crash and fall down, there's always another wave coming where you have a chance to ride high on.
Don't let the fear of failure stop you from following your goals and dreams. The failure is usually where we learn the most. Missing my first Boston Marathon because of a femoral neck stress fracture brought me to an all time low. But dang-I wouldn't trade it. I learned so much during my recovery. I learned to take better care of my body. I learned to appreciate the joy of running again. I had much needed downtime with my friends and family that I wouldn't have had otherwise. And for all of these things, I am grateful. I came back from that experience with a bigger heart, a calmer spirit, and a flame so big that it lead me to some pretty amazing things. Since then, I had the chance to run the Boston Marathon in 2017, I had a pretty darn good PR racing season in 2018, I've started my own coaching business, and most importantly I've had more patience to deal with the ups and downs in my life!
Each of us are on our own journey that we custom design. It's beautiful, it's messy, it's awful, and it's wonderful. Experiences mold and shape us and make us better people. Remember with every downfall, there's always a learning experience behind it even when we don't see it at first. Always push yourself to be better and don't be afraid to fail. Stay humble when you're riding high and patient when you are down low. Keep things in perspective and give yourself grace. It's all worth it.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
Until next time,