With Valentine’s Day right around the corner…I figured today would be a great day to talk about something I am in love with! My relationship with running. Run love, gotta love it.
This morning I was up early for 7 miles before 7 am. I am really loving getting up at the crack of dawn with my Irving Running Club crew. Temps were pretty chilly but I had my warm gloves to keep me nice and cozy.
And yes…that Starbucks sure did hit the spot afterwards. I am forever thankful for early days and strong java.
So here are some ways I like to keep the fire burning strong with this incredible sport. I have been running marathons for over 7 years, and it has been a wild ride. Like any relationship, it has its ups and downs but there are things you can do to keep things spicy.
1. Remember why you started. When I look back, I remember how hard running was but how much I absolutely loved the challenge and how accomplished I felt after getting the miles in. I did not grow up running or on a cross country team. Running is not one of those things that comes natural to me. But year after year, I have worked on my endurance and done things to make me run longer and faster. Trust me, if you stay consistent, stay positive and don’t let those mental roadblocks get in the way, your running will take you further than you could ever imagine. But always, always…remember where you came from.
2. Be grateful always. There’s always someone watching, someone who is inspired by the miles you put in or just who would love to have the ability to run that simply cannot. Be thankful for every step.
3. Let your running take you to cool destinations. My favorite way to run a marathon is to run it in a different state! I love seeing a city or town 26.2 miles at a time. Those race-cations you will remember for years to come.
4. Cherish your running friendships. I have made SO MANY dear friends over the years through distance running and those bonds I will hold dear to my heart for the rest of my life. Through thick and thin, those runner friends just get it. They are your sole mates and will always be there for you.
5. Celebrate the milestones. From 5k to 20k to 13.1 to the marathon…those victories are yours and yours alone. I love looking back at old race shirts and medals because they remind me of my journey and so much fun that I’ve had on each and every course.
What are some ways you have stayed in love with running (or working out in general)?