Running....... such a reflection of life in general. Honestly, there are good runs, and there are bad runs! There are days when you are flying high and feeling good, and then there are days when you feel like you can't take another step and want to give up. There are injuries that come that challenge your mental strength and force you to slow down. There are many opportunities in running that you can either choose to go after, or simply let the opportunities pass you by and never know "what could have been." In running, as in life, you have to be the one to motivate yourself to keep working hard to better yourself. Sure, there are people in your life that will support you on your efforts and cheer you on (and yes that totally helps keep the spirit up), but YOU are the only one that is able to put the work into obtaining your personal goals! There will be lots of failures and set backs, but you MUST look forward and never look back! Yes, learn from mistakes, but don't live in the past. So what, you have a bad run, or you get injured..... life still keeps moving on, and all you are left to do is either QUIT or try the much HARDER to keep moving forward! The bottom line is to simply "keep on, keeping on."
The above video on youtube totally CRACKED me up. If you follow me on Facebook, you have already seen it.... it is just totally HILARIOUS!!
***MARATHON ADVICE FROM KARA GOUCHER
I saw the below from womensrunning.com, Just LOVE KARA!
WHY DOES ONE START RUNNING?
I once again took to social media to ask other runners, what was it or how did they get started with running...... I simply started to run to lose weight that I gained the year after having my son.... literally, the sleepless night left me eating carbs to stay awake!!! And, consequently, the weight piled on! I NEVER expected to get "Addicted".... it just happened! LOL!
Here are some of the responses that I received about how other runners got started running:
1- To handle stress (whether personal stress like marriage problems, sick family members, financial restraints, work related stress, etc)
2- For alone time (busy life, giving time to everyone else-needed to have something for "me")
3- Motivated by TV show biggest loser and saw that other people were able to start making life changes and get healthier
4- To treat depression instead of turning to medication, food, etc
5- Weight loss only.
6- Started a group challenge with friends
7-Needed to cross off a "Bucket list" entry of wanting to run a 5K prior to certain age
8-Simply because friends asked to sign up for a future half marathon and was bored with the elliptical and stationary bikes at the gym
9-To serve as a role model for my children
10- To make friends (and we all know that runners make the best friends!)
NOTE TO SELF, Elvis the Elf has "left the building".... I really need to discontinue this reminder on my phone...... LOL... every morning, as I am getting off the treadmill, I get this reminder.... will only take a few seconds.... heck, in the time that I have taken to type about it in this blog, I could have "un-set" the reminder..... HA! HA! :D