What’s something you learned, either from running or while running, that you bring into the rest of your life? Whether it’s your work, or your relationships, or anything else? — Terrell
Running has taught me about the intricate and inspiring communities of culture within endurance sport. It started in HS and Carrie’s thru to today in my little group, I am program director for Tampa Galloway (using run-walk-run for marathon training) I also love the way in which runners support and welcome newcomers, and the accessibility of the sport. Trail running has been an especially uplifting part of this culture for me in last 3-4 years, discovery of the way things change every run.
My mind doesn't wander that often while running because I am still huffing and puffing, but a lesson I learn from running is to just do it, and not overthink. I tend to get scared before running because I am not good at it but always end up feeling great
Running for me is making a statement. When I train to run a half marathon, which is what I'm doing now with the help of your training plan and newsletter, I'm committing. I'm putting in the time, discipline, and working towards something all while enjoying the benefits along the way.
Even though, I consider myself a careful runner and look out for obstacles and watch for oncoming traffic, accidents can happen. . . and you may not be aware of what it was or what caused it! Somehow, (and I really means somehow!) I wound up wit-h a back-of-the-head injury and a concussion that took me to urgent care at a hospital. Amazing thing is, search my memory and my phone, and there is no recollection as to how or what happened. Crazy thing is, the day after, I find out I have a Marathon to run! Life can be funny sometimes!
I'm back to walking the Trail by myself, which is a blessing. May take a month before I run again. Learned to be Careful!
Things I have found out from prior runs, though, is that time on my side, slow and easy counts, and I'm stronger than I think. . . and if I don't make it, it's not the end of the world. After all, it is my own running story! :)
That I can take the time to accomplish things and not give up when things don’t happen immediately or even quickly. Equally that I am much stronger and more capable than I realize. :-)
I learned running etiquette is not the same everywhere. I recently spent 2.5 weeks in Westminster London. I ran a few blocks to Batersea Park. 3 to 4 time's around the park and back home. I soon found that no runners make eye contact with you, or gives you any kind of a wave, or good morning. It was odd for me. I run in the Pacific NW where you wave, nod, or say good morning as you pass others. I will say I noticed even just walking down the sidewalk no one made eye contact.
I’ve learned that I can accomplish difficult things & that I’m a dependable, dedicated person. I didn’t feel that way before running.
I love everyone’s comments! It might sound a bit corny - it’s a marathon not a sprint - is what I have learned. Remembering this helps/has helped me immeasurably with running, work, parenting, etc.
Pacing. I have learned pacing. From going out too fast, too often. From starting too slowly and running my lifetime best. I have earned a deep understanding of how important -- in the half -- to wait until you’re warmed a little to start the longish push that yields a time within your ‘acceptable’ realm.
The half is a beautiful metaphor for the long, hard stretches we all endure and sometimes conquer!😎
I love this question! I’ve learned that running is always there. Even if I haven’t run in awhile, even if the run isn’t “good” (or wherever that means!) it’s still there. It helps me when I’m feeling lonely, bored etc, it’s always welcoming me back. Running has helped me realize that there is always a place to come back to, I just need to take that first step :)
Great question! I have learned that I can do hard things. I have learned that prep is as important, if not more so, than execution. Because I am so slow and usually on the course for a looong time, I have learned to be with myself and my thoughts. I have learned to respect and listen to my body. I have learned to hydrate and stay on top of my electrolyte replacement. All of this transcends to other parts of my life.
I love this statement........we should be learning in every aspect of life but to learn from running???? Seems to simple...........yep........I have learned to realize that every run has an impact on my body (mostly for the good).........when I am injured or fatigued I need to listen and act accordingly.........when I have a good run.......I need to appreciate how good I feel and take the "win"! Life is the same.......learn from your mistakes and enjoy the "wins" .....both make you stronger and better!!!!
I was never chosen for sports at school and didn’t think exercise was for me. Running has taught me to not carry school experiences with me and there is an exercise for everyone!
That no matter what, I can keep going. Despite the pain, the exhaustion, and the "I'm-so-over-this" moments, if I just keep taking steps, no matter how close together, I will keep moving and get somewhere. And even when I can't take another step - when I have to stop and look around and reassess, attend to howling body parts, and maybe have some water and a snack - I'll still be somewhere that's different from where I started. Those steps will have added up; they will have mattered. And maybe the end will look different than expected; maybe I won't always be able to look back in celebration. Sometimes it may even be rueful. But it will matter, because despite the slow movements, the breaks, the setbacks, the pain, I kept going.
I just left an eight year relationship. My partner taught me how to run by having been a runner and being an encouraging, motivating factor. Running taught me that I can keep going, and I am better for it.
Micro meditation. Running is a mind game for me, especially over longer distances. Have ran 4 half marathons this summer with another coming up. I have the urge to slow down and walk when, really, there is no reason to. I have learned to meditate on the run and bring myself back to center and manage my breathing. This is definitely a helpful tool in all other aspects of life as well.
I completed my first full Marathon in 2011. A friend of a friend had a bib for Chicago but was unable to attend. I took it and ran, way under-trained, thinking I'd be lucky to finish at all. What I learned that time out, running with this human wave of grit, pain, youth, age, and sweat is that with this type of camaraderie (among strangers!), you can accomplish anything! I've run 10 marathons since.
Happy Friday Terrell! Hope you have been well :)
I'm not sure if I learned this from running, while running, or applied it to running, but I think it all kinda goes into each other, and that is, we're all capable of amazing things, even if in a particular moment it seems impossible. Sometimes you need to "zoom out" a bit and take the big picture into mind, and that can be very hard to do in the moment.