I’ve been a runner for most of my life. I haven’t always been fast or particularly good, but I’ve kept moving forward and most of all, I’ve always enjoyed it. If you do anything long enough, you’re bound to come up with a few insights that may be helpful to others; but more importantly, helpful to you.
During a recent run, I reflected on what I’ve learned all these years. I thought I’d come up with maybe five main takeaways, but the list grew as the miles increased. So, here you go, in no particular order—here’s what running has taught me:
- It’s usually not as bad as I think – there’s few problems that a good run can’t solve
- Dogs still have more fun running than their human counterparts
- I can’t take our wildplaces for granted. I need to support the areas where I live and play—I need to participate in trail maintenance days, pick up any trash left behind, and donate to local parks and trail organizations
- Leave natural areas how I found them by employing the Leave No Trace principles
- It’s okay to walk. Not every run will be easy; some will be downright hard. It’s when I walk that I notice something new.
- Running provides me with confidence and mental fortitude that can be very useful off the trail
- Trails provide the opportunity to run in places with spectacular views that a road cannot offer
- Keep moving forward, keep pushing – it’s going be challenging at times, but so can life
- Running makes me happy
- Doing something I love is a great way to make new friends
- Anger is wasted energy. Let it go—after all, I’ll need the energy for the hill up ahead
- Signing up for a destination race or adventure is a great way to visit a new city or country
- Runners have very poor memories. During tough races I’ve often muttered “never again;” however, it doesn’t take long to ask, “when can I do this again?”
- Life is too short to not live a life of passion and joy–I need to get out there and live my dreams!
Okay, so maybe running has taught me more than ten things. I’m always surprised by the fresh perspective and insight that can come after a run.
Have a great weekend—get out there and enjoy your run and adventures. As we enter Fall, there’s going to be new brilliant colors and scenic views to enjoy—show me what you see by sharing your photos here on Spotted!
Let’s keep adding to the list – what have you learned from running?