I’m a Runner!

running womanWhat makes you an athlete?

Is it the fact that you are training for an event?  Is it when you are part of a “team” or work in fitness as a profession?

I personally think it’s all in our personal belief.  I have been reading “Running for Women” and in the book it had an interesting thought.  If you think of yourself as a “runner” (or athlete); you will feel more confident and work more efficiently.  For example; think about the two following statements and tell me which one makes you feel more athletic:

“I’m just a jogger.”

“I’m a runner.”

Doesn’t the second statement give you goosebumps?  Well, it does to me.  You can easily sub out your sport or specialty in place of running.  What makes you feel strong?  What challenges you on a regular basis?  It could be anything, really, as long as it doesn’t stay the same.  Stale = boring.  We don’t do well with boring.  Our minds quickly shut down and our bodies stop changing.

I have to say that no matter how much I grow as a runner; I’m constantly upping the ante.  Obviously, training for a marathon is going to challenge anyone; to say the least.  But, I have found that the journey with my training has changed me in so many ways.

I can now simply lace up my shoes and run out the door.  No deadlines; no whining; no stress.  Just running.  When I grow tired; I run some more.  If I become exhausted and stop running for a bit; I quickly pick up the pace to a run.  No stopping.  I remind myself that it’s all in my mind.  My body will follow what my mind believes it can do.

And it does.

I ran 14 miles today!  14 MILES!! That’s more than the 1/2 marathon I ran 2 years ago; and it’s still only part of my training.  I feel exhilarated!  I am also excited to find that it is a natural way to become leaner and stronger.  My hunger is through the roof!! But by following my sensible meal plan and refueling every few hours; I’m satisfied and it’s amazing how efficient my body has become.

I’d also like to point out that in reading my book last night; I had an epiphany…or “aha” moment.

The book states that we should stop looking at how to “lose weight”; or change our bodies’ shape in some ways.  Instead; we should embrace our best assets and think lovingly of our less favorite areas.  I am suddenly struck by the awesomeness of what my body is able to do; day in and day out.  Whatever state you are in at this moment; be thankful of what you CAN do.  I know; you’ve heard this before but it couldn’t be more profound!  For me?  I’m grateful that my strong legs (typically; I’d call them “large” thighs and calves) can carry me for miles at a time without giving out.  I’m thankful that my body has become more efficient at my longer runs; and my faster intervals.

What are you thankful for today?

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