I love running! Yes, running it’s challenging but it burns lots of calories, which means I can eat more, and it gives me some killer legs. Recently I’ve discovered that, beyond the physical benefits, running has also been teaching me important life lessons that guide me in my day to day life. Here is what I’ve learned in my three years since I’ve been running:
1. Always keep your head high, eyes on the target and keep moving forward
This lesson is valuable especially if I do sprints while running because sprinting tires me quickly. But, if I keep looking at my target, I continue running at fast speed. Moreover, when I’m very busy at work, I’ve learned to weed out the distractions and focus on getting things done; this maximizes my productivity.
2. What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger
Some runs are fun, while some hurt badly. But the runs that hurt, are the runs that count and make me stronger. Life has it’s challenges, but with every challenge I surpass, I only get stronger, more confident and ready to face the next obstacle.
3. After every uphill, there’s always a downhill, so keep on moving
Running uphill is the toughest part of running. However, after every hill I run, there’s an easy downhill waiting for me that makes me feel invincible. Life is the same way. When one stressful thing after another happens, I know that I just have to hang in there because there’s a breather right around the corner. After ever tear, there’s a smile.
4. When you’re tired, slow down but do not stop moving, keep moving forward
Running makes me tired and I feel that I need to stop just for one second, but I can’t! When I feel tired, I’ve learned to slow down for awhile but do not stop! In life, I always have to get better, grow, acquire more, because competition never sleeps. Staying still means going backwards so I keep moving ahead, even if at times progress happens slower.
5. Keep on running, the more you do it, the better you get at it
The best advice I’ve ever receive about running is to keep running. The more I run, the better I get. Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. The only way to get better at anything is to practice. The more I practice, the better I am.
6. There’s no such thing as a bad run
Sometimes I do awesome while running and break a personal record but most of my runs are average. Still, at least I put on my running clothes and got it done, so that makes it a good run! There are some days when in the morning my alarm goes off and I can’t believe it’s already time to wake up. Nonetheless, I get up, smile, and accomplish my tasks for the day so that makes for a good day.
7. Goals are important but the journey that takes you there is what builds memories that lasts a lifetime
I’ve had goal after goal for my running but, it surprises me that what makes me happy is the fact that I run, that I breath, enjoy my surroundings, and feel thankful to God for health and strength. My husband and I are strongly driven by financial success so we enjoy tremendous satisfaction as we succeed and business grows. However, some years ago, our ATM company suffered a scary setback, setback that I pray to God we never go through again. During that time my husband and I spent every minute of the day together, working and searching for new opportunities. At the end of the day, when we got home, I cooked dinner, and exhausted, we would both go to bed to only begin the same grueling drill the next day. Eventually my hard working husband learned to diversify our business interests to increase our financial stability. But the journey through those tough times built a closeness between us and memories we will take with us until death do us apart.
Running is one of the easiest ways to exercise. You just need a pair of running shoes and a will to move. Most of the time I do not want to run, I just want the results I get from running. Nonetheless, I don’t think, I don’t feel, I just put myself on automatic, and go out there and run and I feel awesome when it’s all done! Running makes me stronger physically but helps me grow as a person, too. I love running!
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