5 things I’ve learned as a runner
Posted on July 03 2018
5 Things I've Learned as a Runner.
I started running in the Spring of 2011 after our fourth child was born. I suffered from severe postpartum depression and post traumatic stress disorder as a result of nearly dying during childbirth. During this extremely difficult time, running became an outlet for me to get out of the house for 30 minutes, to challenge my body and mind, to meet new people. The first time I “ran”, it took me 25 minutes to go two blocks, but coming home and finishing felt amazing! Since first lacing up my shoes in 2011, I have ran 7 marathons, over 15 half marathons and countless 5ks and 10ks, but, I have also learned so much about running and myself during the past 7 years, too.
1. Everyone starts out somewhere, a mile in 7 minutes is the same distance as a mile in 25 minutes. As a runner, I have learned to not only push myself, but also to encourage others out there just starting. We all need to be each other’s cheerleaders and remember we all started out at the same spot…just putting on those running shoes and taking the first step.
2. You are stronger than you realize. The mind is very powerful, it can either push you to run that mile, that race or it can work against you. I have learned to quiet that little voice inside my head that has told me in the past “You don’t have to finish, you can stop”. I now hear that little voice telling me “You’ve got this, you will NOT stop”. I like that voice better.
Running all these years has not only changed me physically, but also emotionally and mentally. Running continues to save me, I now run all the miles with a smile, a hello and nod to others on the Chicago Lakefront path, knowing that something as simple as putting one foot in front of the other really is life changing.
Lisa VerdonMiles & Pace Ambassador || Mom x 4 CPD wife Peds RN 26.2 x 6 13.1 x 17