Back in ’04 I thought my sister in-law was nuts when I watched her run the Columbus marathon. But…I had run a few 5Ks before so I decided to try training for a 1/2 marathon, never thinking that I would want to train for a full. Like I said I thought she was nuts. BUT life taught me different. In ’07 I finished my first marathon (ever so slowly) after running my first 1/2 marathon in ’05 and then taking a year off.
I would like to share with you a few of the life lessons running has taught me so far and I am looking forward to learning many more in the future!
- If you put your mind to it, you can really do it.
- Pain can be ignored (I am talking about sore feet, or tired muscles while running)
- Overcoming obstacles, such as your first 20 mile run, will make you walk taller (a couple days later, after everything stops hurting)
- Your body will adapt to just about anything if you train right
- Friends (even though they think you are nuts) admire you for your dedication
- Life goes on, even when the planned 15 miler doesn’t go the way you want
- The feeling of finishing a good run is irreplaceable
- “I don’t have time for…” or “My life is just too busy” is a lame excuse. You can always make time for something that is good for you, be it running or spending that extra 30 minutes with your kids.