Running is a journey … not a sprint
I think all to often we as runners are too hard on ourselves. Although there is always room for improvement, there are days that we only have so much to give. And that is okay! Running is a a journey … it is not meant to be treated as a sprint. If we beat ourselves up when a long run doesn’t go as planned, or if we fall short on our goals for a race, we need to stop and celebrate our participation and recognize that we gave it our best at that moment in time. We are not robots, we are humans that have good days and bad days!
We are not our competitors, our friends, our mentors, our idols - we are individuals who are not to be confused with anyone else. We are unique and valued - as runners we share the journey of running:
- Running races
- Running trails
- Running on the track
- Running cross country
- Running with friends
- Running with (or against) competitors
- Running with (or against) ourselves
- Running because we are happy, sad, frustrated, angry, content, at peace or at a cross road
- Running fast or slow
- Running in first place, or in last …
We are runners who should celebrate each other for what we bring to running - us.