Wednesday, November 1, 2017

How I Have Grown as a Runner

"You must expect great things from your self before you can do them" - Michael Jordan



I may not be the fastest runner. I may not even be the strongest or the leanest. In fact, I may not even be the most graceful; but I have realized that I can push myself to do difficult things.

Over the years, I have grown not only as a runner but as a person. My physical and mental capabilities or perceived limits have been challenged. I have grown to love trail running even if it is physically more demanding. And I have tested my self.

“Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.”

— Hal Higdon


Two weekends ago I ran trail half marathon with my husband. I am going to be honest with you, my conditioning wasn't the greatest, and I let my negative thoughts take over. Its sad, because, I know what I can do, the scenery was beautiful, and I was running with my husband for his first trail race. I could feel sorry for myself, blame it on my long 12 hour shifts at work, blame it on the lack of time for training, the curve balls life has thrown me, you name it. It is what it is. And I am going to focus on my victories and how despite my negative thoughts during this last race, how I have grown as a runner.

Training for and running the 50k last year with Amber has taught me that I am stronger mentally and physically than I thought. We had some good training runs and we had some really awful runs. We have ran for hours through town, seeing the same thing over and over. I have ran two mile loops for hours at a time,(talk about monotony and wanting to get into your vehicle and leave after passing it for the zillionth time), and we tested ourselves through the hills on the trail and different terrain, through the cold and hot, and managed to train around our crazy and sometime chaotic schedules.

Although challenging, the race was a fun and re-memorable experience!
Running the race it self, on a very challenging and technical course, running for so long, and feeling pretty good while doing it (until my knees started acing up towards mile 26); made me realize that I could push myself outside of my comfort zone (you can check out my blog recap here). Through this process, I have learned many life lessons.

“The voice inside your head that says you can’t do this is a liar.”

— Unknown

Running serves as a metaphor of life. It takes hard work,discipline, determination, and grit to accomplish great things. As the saying goes, nothing worth having in life comes easy.

- Michelle

14 comments:

  1. As you said, running can teach us so much about ourselves and show us how much we are capable of. I think it gives us confidence to pursue things in other areas of our lives as well

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  2. I'm sorry you had a bummer time. But it's true, running does take hard work and grit, and sometimes it hurts! But you pushed through and that's what matters. Nice job!

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    1. It's the harder runs that make us a better runner. Thanks Rachel!

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  3. Love those quotes! Sorry to hear you had such a hard time, but you did awesome!

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  4. Awesome quotes and great message!

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  5. such great take-aways! so much can be taken from pushing ourselves out of that comfort zone

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    1. Thank you Rebecca. Yes they definitely help us grow as an individual.

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  6. “The voice inside your head that says you can’t do this is a liar.” <-- soooo true! I love this quote!

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  7. Great post! What a way to look back and see how far you have come! Half trail marathon! I'm impressed!

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    1. Thank you! It helps us grow as a person when we do.

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