5 Things I've Learned as a Runner
Posted on January 29 2018
As a gal who has been running for half her life, I really didn't realize the beauty of all it has to offer until my mid 30's! Here are my top 5 lessons learned (thus far) from running:
1) Having a Positive Body Image
I struggled with body dismorphia and multiple ED's that started in my mid teens. I finally found peace with my body & what it's able to accomplish when running & racing; not focused on how it looks, but what it can do.
2) Self Discipline
This is true especially when training for a race..it takes daily discipline to get out there & get those runs done. Even when you really don't want to!
3) Proper Nutrition & Fueling
Again, going back to my younger years where food was a threat, having proper nutrition is VITAL to performing well, maintaining healthy body & muscle composition! Eating nutrient dense foods will keep you in top shape for daily training!
4) Taking the time to REST & RECOVER
when I decided to train for my 1st marathon, I never took a rest day. I was under the very wrong thinking of "more is better". That landed me an injury that was devastating. Lesson learned, taking a minimum of 1-2 rest days is mandatory for me! Our muscles & mind need time to heal & recover, so we can keep running as long as possible!
5) It's Not ALL About Winning
Runners are competitive. (At least I am, lol) but we can't win all the time, nor should we! There will always be someone faster & stronger, and that's OK! We run because we love it, because it makes us better people. I've learned to stop comparing myself to others & applaud their achievements. We are all on our own journey!
These 5 Things are just a glimpse of what running has taught me thus far, and what's amazing is it's a constant learning process! When we learn, we grow. Looking forward to many years ahead of what running can continue to teach me.