I used to run regularly–like to the point of training and “running” a half-marathon with my husband and a dear friend about two years ago. I ran/walked pretty consistently until sometime last year. Though I could never really say that I loved running, I enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment that I could go the distance, the wind rushing through my hair, and the nice lines of muscle forming on my legs.
The other day, I hit the pavement again for the first time in quite a long time.
I was thinking as I ran that running is really so much like life. Here are a few insights:
- you just have to keep going
- slowing down to catch your breath sometimes is okay
- other times you just need to push through the rough spots
- after the uphill, a downhill is coming
- it’s all good
- you really CAN do it
- sometimes the air is thin and you think you don’t have anything left…but YOU DO!!!!!!
- people/music/self-talk that is positive and upbeat make all the difference
- we need oxygen to function
- keep your shoulders back and stand a little taller
What are some lessons you have learned through running or exercising? Do you find life lessons in all you do?
Hugs till next time! 🙂
As promised, I am recording for posterity (and my lovely blog readers) the lessons I have learned over the past weeks since I made a spontaneous decision to enter NaNoWriMo 2012. (I was serious blogging about whether or not to do it…having done no outlining or anything…and just did it on a whim thanks to the encouragement of a few lovely voices!…& I thank you sincerely Marissa and Darcy!) Here we go, in no particular order…:
- Prayer works. (Not that I didn’t know this prior to Nov. 1, 2012; it was just reaffirmed to me….)
- Productivity produces energy.
- Support from those you love is vital for success!
- Goals can be accomplished…(and a lot more, too!).
- I CAN WRITE!!!!!
- Being purely creative is energizing.
- My family, friends (& I) love me!
- Even with road blocks (scheduling, sickness, holidays, etc.)~keep moving forward….! (See Meet the Robinsons for more info on this topic.)
- God is aware of me and loves me!
- I HAVE A VOICE (and an important one, at that)!
- I can cultivate creativity…and a writing mood.
- Breaks are important. (I took every Sunday off…and a few other Thursdays sprinkled in the month, as well.)
- When all else fails, have a dance party with the kiddos (…or with friends…or by yourself…)!
- Have munchies around always. (I had a Swiss Cake Roll emergency…luckily for me, I did have some left-over Double Stuf Oreos which satisfied the chocolate/creamy craving.) 🙂
- Buy back your kids’ Halloween candy and use it for NaNoWriMo snacks…and to last until NaNoWriMo is over and you start making Christmas candy.
- Spotify created great mood music when I needed it…and was a great resource for the karaoke scene I wrote.
- You can always edit later.
In the past few days, I have listened to some of the songs on Alicia Keys’ new album–and the chorus and several lines of this song resonate with me. I do feel like a “Brand New Me.”
The only time I recently felt this kind of growth and accomplishment is when I worked and trained for (& completed) a half-marathon with a dear friend of mine…something about measurable success. Hopefully, though, I will write more novels than the number of races I’ve run…! 🙂