Thanksgiving ii tomorrow, and even though I didn’t really feel in the celebrating mood, the holiday will come whether I want it to or not. Of course, I can salvage my less-than-stellar attitude by remembering all the reasons I’m grateful for running. Somehow, it’s hard to be negative when you’re being thankful.
Running has made me so strong, stronger than I ever though I could be. It’s taught me how to persevere and overcome. I’ve learned how to conquer pain, and the voices in my head that tell me I can’t. Through my experiences in running, I’ve claimed victory over injury and found myself able to keep moving to the next goals. These are such valuable lessons, for which I am so grateful.
Initially, I started running to support my husband in his journey to getting healthier. Of course, a side effect of that is that I got healthier on my own. For the most part, running helps me sleep better, encourages me to eat better, and helps me stay well (obviously the pandemic messes with the eating and sleeping, but we take what we can get). I am so grateful for that gift.
One of my goals is to run a race in every state, which helps me see so many incredible new things. I’m only at seven states, so far, but once things are opened up again, I fully intend to increase that number, and fast. I am so grateful to get to travel, and get to see so many new and beautiful things, while doing something I love.
The running community is truly incredible, and I am so grateful. Before I started in the sport, I assumed runners would be closed off and standoffish, and, man, was I wrong. I found myself welcomed with open arms, and I so appreciated that acceptance. From the community, I’ve gotten tips, advice, and so much support. There’s really nothing like it.
Most importantly, I am grateful for the friends I’ve made along the way. Never in a million years did I think I would find such incredible people through one sport. There are so many women and men who have been such an integral part of my life, and I don’t know what I would do without them.
What are the reasons you’re grateful for running?
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