It's been nine months since I've been dedicated to a regular running regimen.
And in that time, I've taken in countless pieces of advice.
Suggestions on running form, pace, training plans, nutrition, clothing, shoes...you name it...there's gazads of information out there.
But the other day, I saw a quote that stopped me in my tracks. Simple. Straight forward. But also loaded, if you sink into it.
Life is a marathon and YOU are in it.
Many will concede that the running metaphor has many evident and cheese dick parallels to the journey that we're all on...living this unique life that we've been given.
But give it a second and think about it.
This is your life. It's your race. And when you take care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually....you're able to endure. You're not simply surviving, you're thriving and maybe, conquering some personal best records in your relationships, in your work, and in your space.
There are days, when you're exhausted. Sick. Tired. Hurt. Someone or something injured you. You're pissed. All that work for nothing. Fuck that relationship. Damn that job. Screw that project.
But today, the hour turned, the sun came up, and by the grace of God, you were given the gift of anew.
Will you lace up your shoes, give it a go, make amends, hydrate, refuel, believe in yourself, trust in the future? Or will you stew bogged down in defeat or simply surrender to the pain?
Because even on the days when we can't imagine getting up and trying again, we're in it. Life is a marathon and we're here.
And everyone will tell you that to be successful in a race means to start slow, take in everything (the sights, the smells, the people, the experience), to have a plan for how you're going to cope when it gets hard, to create the story that you'll tell yourself (I am strong, powerful, capable) when you want to quit, and to put in the time, so that at the finish line, you fully experienced the journey.
I am grateful everyday for what running has taught me. It's not easy. But the lessons are true...they're beautifully hard and hopeful. Here's to enjoying the marathon.