During my long run this morning, I had a few hours to think. To think about the meaning of life, why I chose to run this or that distance on purpose, why my daughter snuggles up close to me after she has already devoured her dinner staring at mine because how in the world could she still be hungry, and how I live where most people vacation. One of my thoughts that stuck out to me more than the rest was the fact that in running as in life, everything is relative.
2 things that I can’t stop thinking about:
Your journey is your own.
A few years ago when i was training for my first marathon, I ran a lot of races during training. I used to get so mad at those people—yeah, you know who they are—those people who torment you silently, running back to the start line after they have finished the race you still have not finished. I used to look at these people with contempt and wonder why they would want to run more than the required miles in the first place, and also, why they would parade in front of people who clearly didn’t have a fast bone in their body! They aren’t jerks. They aren’t showing off or being arrogant. What they probably are doing is taking advantage of a marked course, the opportunity to get a longer run in with (maybe) some faster running. Or, they might be sooo awesome that they are encouraging & supporting a fellow runner who hasn’t finished yet. Everyone has their own journey, so quit judging. Quit looking around and comparing. Just run your race…the best you can, with everything you can.
Everything is relative.
I have learned an important thing to remember is that everything is relative. What a long run to you may seem impossible for someone else and vice-versa. Or a workout you might not even sweat in…might need to be motified by someone else. Let’s always keep in mind that everyone has different goals, methods to achieve those goals and most importantly—that we are not all at the same place in our journeys. Enjoy your own journey. Push yourself if you want. Support and encourage one another no matter where we are and do not get discouraged by people who run longer, are faster, are more experienced or who can lift more weights or do the whole workout without stopping. It doesn’t matter what anyone else does. All we need to worry about is taking the first step to start and then the next step and the next…
Just do you <3
Im a 43 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.