Happy Valentine's Day, Team!
We’ve all been in a relationship of some kind – maybe it was a romance, a friendship, or something else. Whatever it is, relationships take work to make them grow, and the benefits you reap from a good and solid relationship can be life-changing.
So what about your relationship with running? What is it like? Is it brand new puppy love? Are you broken up, or on the verge of a break up? Are you in a long term relationship that has evolved and changed over the years?
If you have been running for any amount of time, it’s likely safe to say that running has probably provided you with an overwhelming joy at some point, and broken your heart as well. The two of you have likely crossed many finish lines together either elated, or downtrodden – only to learn a valuable life lesson.
Where has running taken you? Maybe you’re new to running, and the two of you haven’t been very far together yet. Maybe you haven’t experienced the ups and downs of this relationship, or the technicalities and complications that come with it. Maybe you’re still in the doe-eyed, giant smile, sappy stage with running where everything is unicorns and daises and you’re the happiest you have ever been. Congratulations! Remember, if you want to keep that feeling, you’re going to have to put in work. Running is no different than any other relationship. It becomes easy for the dressed up sexy date nights to turn into staying home watching Netflix and wearing sweats (who am I kidding – we all love sweats). But, the point is –your relationship is going to change, but you have to do what you can to keep the spark alive. Running has the capacity to be one of the best relationships you will have in life. Don’t let it slip away.
What vow have you made to running? One of patience? One of love? One of long-term commitment? Maybe it’s a vow to change your life, or maybe it’s simply to finish a race without pain. Maybe it’s a vow to grow and change, or maybe it’s a vow to beat your best time. Whatever it is, have you learned that you get what you put in? If not, let me share something with you. If you want to make running work, you will have to put in work. Running isn’t an “easy” relationship – but it is well worth it.
Maybe you have broken up with running for a while. It was becoming a chore, painful, or just boring. Perhaps you took time away, and then came back to running. What did you learn during that time off? What was it like when you reunited with something that used to bring you so much joy?
For runners, running is one of the most important relationships in our life, as it teaches us about loss, pride, joy, pain, endurance, commitment, gratitude, humility, peace, patience, learning, and much more. Everyone will have a different relationship with running, and this Valentine’s day, we encourage you to think about what running means to you, why you run, and what you love about running.
Much love to you, and best of luck in your running relationship.
See you in the morning, team!
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