Friday, November 1, 2013

Life Lessons Learned from Running #Blogember

Hi, Welcome to November. I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. Time to start sipping on pumpkin spice and planning those Thanksgiving festivities. Or you if listen to the strong message coming from the local retailers, we should all be thinking about Christmas by now. If you tell me you have already started (or finished!) your Christmas shopping, I don't want to hear it. My brain still thinks it is summer.

As you probably know (because I have been yammering on about it), I have joined in on a challenge to blog everyday in November. YIKES! It is kind of a big commitment, blogging is so time consuming, but I am going to do my best to keep up.

One of the things I try to do with this blog is to write about things you might care to read about. I write about my opinions and experiences, but make an effort to not make this blog all about me. It is about you too.

The daily blog prompts for the challenge were written by a blogger in another niche and I don't want to go a whole month completely off topic, so I will use the writing prompts for inspiration and try to twist them so they are health and fitness related. If I don't feel like I can make the prompt relevant or at least interesting, I'll probably skip it. I am also sure I will have some regular posts I will want to do throughout the month, like Throwback Thursday, some recipes from my new Runner's World Cookbook, the Turkey Trot, and my trip to the Bloggy Boot Camp conference, so I'll try to find a way to make it all work together.

I'd love if you would join me by either reading along or blogging with me. If you want to play, it is not too late. There are no rules for the challenge. The goal is to blog everyday, but if that is too much for you, pick the prompts you like, and blog when it feels right for you.

November 1: One of the best lessons life has shown you.

Instead of writing about the best lessons life has shown me (and let me tell you, there are many) I am going to write about the best life lessons running has shown me, because after all, most of these lessons apply to both running and life.

Suck it up

Life is not always easy and running is certainly not easy.  I read somewhere else that dedication means doing the things the need to be done even when you don't feel like it. Push through. I don't mean to push through actual physical pain, I mean push through feeling tired, push through the uncomfortable, and push through laziness. Suck it up and do what needs to be done. (Just for the record, I need to take my own advice on this one, I've been slacking.)

Don't Compare

It is easy to read the blogs, the Facebook posts, and browse the Instagram pictures and start comparing your runs to other runners all over the world. These days social media opened up the whole running world and you get intimate daily feedback of what everyone else is doing, and it can be frustrating if it feels like the rest of the world is ahead of you.

We are all on our own journeys in life and in our running. We start somewhere, we hopefully progress, we may even regress, and that is OK. We all have different bodies, different schedules, different goals, with different strengths and weaknesses.

We all do our best when we focus on our own progress and not worry too much about what everyone is doing. It is great to have a role model, it's great strive to be better, it's great to look up to those who have already achieved the goals we are working towards, but comparison is the thief of joy. Yeah, I learned that from Pinterest (or Theodore Roosevelt).

Check your Ego

The one thing I quickly learned about running is that ego=injury. (In life it is ego=jerkface.) The truth is most people don't really care what you are doing. You run for you (you live your life for you). But then your ego tells you that you have to finish your long run, despite some hip pain. Your ego tells you to go faster, when you're not ready. Your ego tells you that you have to run some predetermined number of miles this week, despite what your body is telling you. Listen to your body and check your ego at the door.

Don't Fear Failure

I started to write a paragraph about how you reap what you sow, but it felt disingenuous because frankly, I haven't be sowing much myself lately. I decided to write about failure instead. This can be hard one to swallow. Ever get a DNF at a race, get injured, or succumb to a weakness? Ever get off track, or worse, try your best and still not meet a goal? It happens to the best of us. The truth is that if you are not failing now and again, you are probably not reaching far enough. The key is to pick yourself back up and try again. Failure is only failure when you quit.

These lessons in running can also be applied to life: Suck it up, don't compare, check your ego and don't fear failure.

Well folks, day one of the challenge is complete! I hope you stayed awake through enjoyed my first post of November and will stay tuned for the future posts of the challenge.

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  1. I love your post. I trained and ran what I thought would be my first half marathon in May 2012. I had such a horrible time afterward... about 7 or 8 hours of cramping before even beginning to recover, that I have been afraid of giving it another try. Haven't run anything longer than 10k since. Talk about checking your ego!

    1. HI Elle! That is tough for sure! But you are right to listen to you body!!

  2. Great post today! I'm experiencing some setback on my training for my half marathon because of my IT Band and have been sulking about it all day. So I treated myself to a jalapeno burger and onion rings from my favorite burger joint and came to the conclusion that I still have four weeks left of training time. I've got the knowledge and information to deal with my injury and still do moderate to light training and that I think I can still run the half, even if it ends up being a run/walk. =)

    1. Yum on your treat! (where's your fav joint?-Just curious.) It is the Thanksgiving half, right? Good luck and if you have to run/walk so be it! Better to be safe that sorry! :) maybe I'll see you there (I'm just running the 5K)

  3. I love this so much! Running lessons can definitely be applied to life in general lessons as well! ;)

    Thanks so much for linking up and for the support!


    1. no, thank YOU for hosting this challenge and getting me motivated to blog everyday!

  4. Great post - I needed to hear all of that - I'm coming off a "slacker" period in my running journey myself!

  5. Running has taught me so much about life, as well. I am excited to get back to running this month after taking a month off to heal some random knee pain!

    Found your blog through the SITS Sharefest this morning! I am also blogging everyday this month, participating in BlogHer's NaBloPoMo! :)

  6. I love the way you've interpreted these to fit with the theme of your blog. :)

  7. I love how you can totally apply this to life. I started running and sometimes I see runners on the trail and I think ..dang, they are faster than I am, should I run a little faster? Then I stop because I am a bigger and a bigger with a heart condition.So my pace isn't your pace? It's a marathon..not a race, right?

    Loved this post.

    Visiting from #sitssharefest

    Keep it Touched,

  8. Yes. I feel like I can do pretty well on most of these, most of the time, but the comparison deal KILLS me. No matter what I tell myself I really struggle with that one.


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