“The road seems much shorter when shared with a friend”
Recently, my husband and I were invited by a friend to join him and some of his fellow running friends on a Sunday morning 5 mile run. First, let me say that at this point, my average run was about 3 miles, and I had only ran a full 5 miles once before, which was when I completed my first 10K earlier in the year. So needless to say, a 5 mile run with other runners (who I should mention had all already completed a several half and full marathons at this point in their lives) made me slightly anxious. To be honest, meeting new people in general already makes me a little nervous. A whirlwind of questions and worries usually go through my head, such as – Will they be nice? Will they like me? And in this case specifically – Will I be holding them back by running annoyingly slow and will they hope I never run with them again?? However, despite being a little nervous about meeting new people, keeping up with the group, and being able to run 5 miles at all, I was super excited about making new friends, especially ones who shared my love for running. So without hesitation, we accepted the invitation, set our alarm clock for 6:30am and gave up a sleep-in Sunday morning to meet some new people, hit the running trails, and bank some miles.
A couple of pretty awesome things happened that morning. One, we made new running friends (and they were very nice and supportive I must add!), and two, I was reminded to stop doubting myself. I completed those 5 miles with the group and felt great afterwards. I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for, we all are. After making these new friends and experiencing what it’s like to run with a group, I realized how beneficial running friends can be. Let me take some time and convince you; below is a list I compiled of the benefits of running with current friends, making new running friends, and joining a local running group! Read more
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” – Zig Ziglar
There was a time in the not too distant past that I would have laughed if someone told me I would one day be a runner. Even funnier, if they were to tell me I would actually enjoy it. At one point I thought it was completely out of my reach to run because it was so strenuous and exhausting on my body, I became so out of breath, and I always ended up with painful side stitches. Looking back, I now realize that my only problem was that I was out of shape and full of excuses. I had the “I can’t do it” mentality, and a little of the “I don’t have time to do it” mentality, and the switch just needed to be flipped in my mind. Over the last two years, I have been asked many times for advice and tips on how to get started, how to continue and not give up, and how to love something that seems so completely exhausting. This one is for all of you who are ready to get started, and who are ready to flip the switch. Let’s do this. Read more
“Let us run with perseverance, the race marked out for us” Hebrews 12:1
One of the things I have learned about running is that there will be race fees. They are a necessity for runners, along with the clothes, shoes, and various other running accessories, of course. There is something exciting and fulfilling about starting and completing a race. It’s the energy of being surrounded by other runners who love the sport as much as you do, and the fun of meeting new runners who are ready to meet the challenge set before them. It’s setting the goal, pushing yourself along the way, and celebrating the accomplishment. There is always something to reach for, whether it be a farther distance, a faster pace, a new placement, or simply crossing that finish line. You reach for your goal, grab hold, and embrace the victory; the feeling is like nothing else. Races are one of the fun things I get to do through running, and I enjoy each and every one of them. Sometimes the race is just plain fun. It’s dressing up in a sequin skirt, celebrating a holiday, traveling somewhere new and exciting, or running through mud or splashes of color. Yes, some runners actually find it fun to get sweaty, out of breath, AND run through mud or colored powder. Other times though, the race is so much more than that; sometimes the race isn’t about us at all. Sometimes it is full of pure purpose for others, it is in their memory and their honor, and it is very humbling.