Running is a big deal in adulthood whether it is a 7 or 14 minute mile both are the same distance and something you should be proud of. Running is big deal not only for the cardio benefits but also because it forces adults to do two important things in life. One, challenge yourself to be better and two , to be bold and courageous. I started running later in life and although I cuss during each mile I am grateful for the lessons it has shown me.
Lets face it! you really have to give Zero F%#ks about what people think about you when running, something that many people have trouble with at all stages in life. You will get looks from fellow runners judging your stride and speed and weight. Plus you have the added problem of onlookers and drivers who see you as a nuisance as you cross the street or brush past them on the sidewalk. Nonetheless running helps you put those fears away and focus on your goal for that day. Something that we all need to practice with as we tackle the larger goals we set forth in our lives. Don’t worry about what others think and their judgement just get your goals accomplished!
Be in competition with yourself.
Lets face it! the majority of us runners are never going to win a marathon, or a 5k. However; we are always checking our stats and competing with the previous run or race. As we go through life’s journey we should put this into practice more often. Instead of comparing our lives to others who started at the same “starting line” as us we should focus more on the race of life itself and the people cheering us on along the way. Compete with yourself , to live better, and a be a better person than you were the previous year, month or day.
It is the everyday things that you do in life such as running that can teach you some valuable life lessons such as the ones above…. all you just have to listen. Happy Running!