Running and Reminders
Yesterday’s run provided an excellent physical outlet as well as a mental one, and reminded me of a few things.
- #runyourownrace – Yes, I know this is not new, and I usually am pretty good about sticking to my own plan and not worrying about others. But this guy passed me up pretty close to the beginning of my run, and I began to doubt myself. Then, within seconds, another gentleman passed us both up. Just a great way to keep YOUR goal in mind and not worry about the others.
- #comparisonisthethiefofjoy – This isn’t a new one either. It simply goes along with #1. As I have been reminded often through the writing and speaking of Rachel Hollis, I have no right to compare my beginning with someone else’s middle. I am where I am in my running season and I need to be grateful for the ability to run without injury and to have the energy and discipline to get after it
- This last one is a new way to look at #1 and 2; I realized during today’s run that I may be able to get over the competition, but I am still always trying to beat my own time. I guess this can actually be a good way to look at things – to just improve upon yourself. But today, I gained a new perspective. Sometimes the day brings things that are unexpected – wind, weather, physical inability. Each run requires a different set of mental and physical tools in order to face each challenge. This is how life can get too. Don’t be discouraged that yesterday’s success doesn’t happen again today. There may be a new challenge that puts a kink in the plan. Assess the situation, gather the necessary tools, and take on the day.
Today’s run WAS a success in my book. I made my goal with a better time than expected, AND I finished feeling physically and mentally stable. Doesn’t always happen and won’t necessarily be next week’s outcome. AND THAT’S OK!