I totally have a love/hate relationship with running.
It’s one of the most mind-clearing, stress-relieving, endorphin-rushing things I do.
But, it’s also one of the hardest things I do.
Yesterday was one of the days I HATE running. (Don’t let the smile fool you. This was before I started.)
I’m so not fast….even on a good day. But, really, if I can help the fast runners look better, I’m all about paying it forward. 😉
Honestly, I’m totally okay with that most days. Other days, the competitiveness in me feels a little defeated when I don’t hit a goal I set out to. For the most part, I’m just happy that I CAN run and that I push myself to get out there.
So, yesterday, not only was I SO NOT FAST, I felt like this with every excruciating step….
Maybe some of you know that feeling…..when your feet feel like they’re 100 lbs. of lead….when you can barely breathe….when you look at your watch or app like every 10 seconds just to see how much longer you have to run.
That went on for approximately 38 minutes. Not coincidentally the exact length of time as my training run for Week 3 day 2 of my program ha.
But, you know what? I didn’t quit. I just kept putting one foot in front of the other….knowing that I would feel really good when it was done AND knowing I would feel REALLY BAD if I gave up and called it a day. I sometimes ask myself, ok, why is it so hard today? Did I not have enough water yesterday? Did I not eat well enough? Should I not do doubles (I had done my Country Heat workout earlier yesterday morning). And, sometimes I know those things play a factor. But, really I just think that some days are gonna be good and some days are gonna suck.
Much like life…..and golf.
And, also much like life….and golf….it’s the good days and the good games and the good shots that keep us coming back. It can’t all be rainbows and butterflies. Wouldn’t we get really bored if it were?!? Some days we just have to fight harder. And, I’m a true believer that the harder we have to fight, the larger the reward….the more ground we make….the better we feel….the stronger we get….the more we help others.
So, the next time you have a hard run or a hard workout or a bad game of golf or a sucky day, remember that we shouldn’t wish for things to be easier….that’s just not how life works….instead….focus on being better.
Oh, and if you’re a runner or looking to get into running, my coach and I are teaming up in November to host a private coaching group to help push you into a new challenge like a race OR starting the journey! Stay tuned for more details!!