At work I’m known as that crazy one that runs but some how I’ve managed to inspire a couple of them to lace up. In fact one of them even ran their first half the same weekend I was running the Rock ‘n’ Roll AZ.
I was thinking about this a little tonight and realized that running has infiltrated more than who I am physically. In many ways I think there are certain traits that I have today as a result of all the mileage. So I thought it would be fun to think about the running effect.
– This is one that I notice almost daily. As frustrated as I get when things don’t go my way, (and it happens more than I care to admit) I think running has taught me that as long as there is another run there’s another chance. Another chance to change the result and to make it what you want. That’s also led to me appreciating and learning to keep everything in perspective.
– Every time I cross a finish line that I doubted I would cross, I gain a little more confidence. Confidence that I know I can do things beyond what I can comprehend. It just takes hard work and the result of hard work is confidence.
– In the same way that a good race can build your confidence, a bad one can break you down and I’ve learned that lesson many (many, many) times and in humility comes the ability to spot weaknesses that can than become strengths. Definitely a love/hate relationship.
– This is something that I really felt that I lacked before I really started running (just ask my former boyfriends). I ran away from a lot of situations and relationships when they got tough but running has taught me that not everyday in a relationship will be good and sometimes you just have to gut it out.
– I guess it might be the same as perseverance…no nevermind. Desire to me is the want/need to improve. Running is 100% part of who I am and who I want to be. I may not always love it but when I’m in the groove, it’s the best thing and I can think about is getting better.
It’s funny, it wasn’t till I started proofreading this that I really noticed the parallel it had to the #LikeAGirl commercial from the Super Bowl. You know the one, the one that had us all thinking just how frustrating it is that this perception has such an impact on girls. We were all there, we know how easy it can be to be influenced but it’s through a sport like running or other sports where girls can learn who they really are.
I’m proud of who I am today, I’m proud of all the different people, events and actions that have helped in that process. I just hope that young girls can see that it’s as much about the journey as it is the destination, that’s where the strength is built and when running like a girl becomes the biggest compliment ever.
How has running changed you? What traits do you thin running has directly impacted?