Reflection Before the Pain (you enjoy)

  1. Just keep showing up — there are many days I didn’t want to run, I didn’t want to workout. But I kept telling myself, just show up. I may not have had the best training day but I at least improved that day by showing up.
  2. Find joy in the journey — hard things in life do not come easy. If you are only happy after you finish, you miss out on the journey and you will spend most of your time unhappy. I have found joy running. It clears my mind and lets me get away from the stresses of life.
  3. I can do hard things — when I started running, 5 miles seemed insurmountable. A marathon was truly unattainable but that’s why I signed up and committed early on. Every single week I started to increment my mileage and each week I was running further than I ever had in my life. I learned I could do things that I thought were impossible. Tomorrow will be the same, I have never ran 26.2 miles but I know I will finish because I know I can do hard things.
  4. Little improvements = huge results — we live in a world of instant gratification, running a marathon cannot be done in one day. It takes a lot of work and dedication to run a marathon. Small improvements daily result in huge changes. We are the result of our decisions everyday, modifying a few of those decisions changes our lives.
  5. Mental health benefits — running has been the best form of therapy for me. Exercising has allowed me to deal with my doubts and struggles. I have found myself alone exploring my thoughts and feelings allowing me to see myself on a deeper level. I still have a long way to go but this has been a saving grace for me during a crazy time in my life.




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