My top 10 things I've learned about running this past year:
- It doesn't matter how fast you are, it matters that you've gotten your butt out the door.
- Give yourself something to work towards...a goal.
- Make your goal attainable.
- For goodness sakes...breathe. After doing my half marathon, my silly breathing technique didn't seem so silly to me. I could hear people coming up behind me that were breathing in ways that seemed silly, but I'm sure worked for them. I might have thought a couple people were
dyingin need of a water break, but they kept running.
- If people pass you, who cares? Who am I kidding? I care! Yes, it pained me to have people pass me, especially people who were older than me, but I had to remind myself that I was in it for me. Maybe at some point in their lives, they started out like me. Or maybe, they never experienced starting this running business in their mid 30s, so they have no idea where I've come from. Either way, finishing, no matter how I got there, was #1.
- Find your happy place. This may include a nice trail where you live. It may include music. For me, it's a little of both sometimes. For my half, I started out with music and at some point *probably around the half way point* I went unplugged. It was a great decision.
- Be comfortable. Isn't that the same as your happy place? Nope. You need to make sure that you have good fitting sneakers, you're wearing clothes that keep you cool *or in the winter...warm!*, and clothes that are easy to run/breathe in. If you're uncomfortable while you're running, it will be miserable.
- Don't be afraid of the elements. Okay, well if there is extreme weather, then be afraid of the elements. But, if it's snowy or rainy...give it a go. Weather conditions won't always be perfect and if you allow them to get in the way, then you're giving yourself an excuse to not go out the door.
- If something seems hard, it may very well be. Try it again. Which leads me to #10...
- Don't give up! Just because it's hard, doesn't mean that you should give up on it. Keep working on it and you'll get your groove!