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Thank you

So, Brooks is doing this #thankyourunning campaign on social media.  It’s kind of cool.  Funny thing is that I’ve had parts of this post sitting in my drafts for a while.  Except I was calling something like Lessons from Running.  Deep right?  Anyways, I figured now would be a good time to dust it off and pretty it up.  So here goes-

Thank you running-

I have discovered so many cool and scenic places that I never would have seen without a pair of running shoes on my feet.   And you know where most of them are?  Right in my own backyard.    At most a short drive and I can just take in the view.   Mountains, ocean, dirt and asphalt, all are within reach.    All very run-able.    All awesome.  Thank you running for showing me the view. 

Thank you running-

For reminding me I can do hard things.  I’ve been a procrastinator all my life.   Sometimes I think it’s because I work better under pressure.  Mostly though it’s that I’m just lazy.    My second race ever was a half marathon.  I crossed the finish line in pain and exhausted but damn proud that I committed to a goal I had made on a street corner on a cold morning in January.    As I stood there spectating and seeing the people running Surf City, I told myself that I wanted to do that.  I wasn’t sure if I could but I was going to try.     I crossed of the finish line of Wine Country half in April.  I was in pain, exhausted and damn proud that I had followed through.    Later on one friend commented that they were surprised that I had both completed the race and stuck (sort of) to a training plan.   Thank you running for showing me that I can.

Cotton! I had no idea!

Thank you running-

For letting me be comfortable by myself.     I dislike crowds but hated being by myself.  I always felt so needy and worried that I was going to be left behind.    I’m not even sure who was doing the leaving but it made me anxious.   Running was something I had to start on my own, no one was pushing me out the door, no one was meeting me out there.  Running can involve spending a whole lot of time getting to know yourself and suddenly you realize your own bullshit and that it’s time to move on.  Not saying everything’s awesome now but I have a better acceptance for who I am and I am fine on my own.   I love my friends but thank you running for helping me like myself.

That said, friends are awesome.

Thank you running-

I have become a little less of a germ-a-phobe.  Seriously it was borderline OCD.    My hand washing alone would drive  my mother crazy when she observed it.    I’ve had GI issues for years but a port-a-potty or gas station bathroom?  Oh hell no.   I admit my first trail bathroom scared the hell out of me.    As we all know, when running we have to take what we can get.  Right?  😃   Along those same lines- I never left the house in anything that resembled exercise clothes- I had to be in jeans or a dress.  There was no other option.  Period.  Now?  5 mile run? Why not run errands after?  Just throw a sweater on.  Thank you running for making me get over myself. 

Thank you running-

For giving me some truly odd music taste.    It wasn’t too long after I started running that I discovered I have a hard time running to rock music.  My cadence kept getting thrown off by the bass line.   Enter some truly annoying pop.   Think I’m kidding?  I ran yesterday’s intervals to “Gotta Be Me”- it’s a Disney channel song.    All laughing aside- there is no way you can run slowly to that song.   Which is the point.  I dare you to try it.    So thank you running for making me laugh even if it’s at myself. 

Aww, thanks Pinterest

Thank you running-

For calming me down.  Seriously, I have a short fuse.    I could stay mad and resentful for eons.  Little things would piss me off.    The string of words I could put together would make a trucker blush.   While I think commuting has  also helped; running has gone a long way to calming me down.  It takes a lot to make me mad these days.    Thank you running for making me less “Hulk” like. 

Thank you running-

For you!!!!!  Without running, I never would have started reading blogs, never would have started this blog or “met” all of you.  Seriously you all rock.  I love reading about your adventures- running and non running.   You’re all real and inspirational and amazing.   Thank you running for expanding my circle.

I could probably go on for so many more things but I’ll leave it here.  😄

What do you thank running for?

21 thoughts on “Thank you”

  1. Oh my days I think you’ve inspired me to write my own post! There’s so much I’m grateful for running for. Especially getting over my own bullshit, and getting used to spending time alone with my thoughts. I think when you focus your time and energy on something like running, which requires so much effort and motivation, you just stop giving time and energy to stuff that isn’t important. Am I making sense? 😛

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  2. Awww, this is so great!!! Loved reading this! I’m thankful for the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had through running. The traveling, the sense of accomplishment, and the courage it gives. Love it!

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  3. love this post. Agree about the music. I’ve put a list together that’s the right speed to run at and… some of it is terrible cheesy pop!! 🙂 it seems to be about right to fit with my natural cadence….

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  4. All of those things are so true! I would like to thank running for making me feel better about myself and have more confidence.

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  5. Awesome post.

    I’ll thank running for teaching me to value myself….. “I am superman and I can do anything” (words from R.e.m. dong that inspires me).

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  6. Thank you for running and then writing the blog about it – so that I have somewhere to talk about running! No one else in my life runs… so yeah, now you know why I dump everything on you! 🙂
    And, I’ve discovered my running playlist is sorely lacking… but I discovered it because I’ve been moving past the story run, which allowed me too many walking breaks, and this morning, I walked my 2 minute warm up and then ran… for the rest of the mile. I’ve never done that before 🙂

    Could you do a playlist post next? 😀

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    1. No worries, dump away! Like I said, I love how running led to blogging and everyone out there!
      Woo hoo!!! Nice work on running the rest, that’s awesome! My walking part keeps getting longer, oops!
      I’ve thought about doing a playlist post but some of my music is so teeny bopper! Then there’s the screaming rock, it’s all over the place! But I’m thinking about it!

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