Running is an important part of my life (obviously!), and I’m going to assume that running is an important part of yours as well.
Every once in awhile, I’ll throw out a question on twitter asking my followers to complete the following sentence: “Running is my ____.”
I love to read the variety of responses that I get from asking this one simple question.
Running is My Teacher
It’s funny how my answer to this question changes from time to time based on what is going on in my life when I ask the question.
Sometimes, running is my stress relief. Sometimes it’s my drug and I’m in need of a fix. Sometimes it’s an escape from life and sometimes it’s what connects me to the outside world.
Lately, however, running has been my teacher.
Have you ever stopped and thought about all of the life lessons that running teaches us?
My Moment of Clarity
Recently, I had a chance to be a guest on the Starve the Doubts podcast, which is hosted by Jared Easley.
During the course of our interview, I was asked if I thought running was the perfect metaphor for life, and in that moment I realized just how much we can learn from running if we allow ourselves to pay attention.
Here are just a few of the life lessons that I’ve learned in my years as a runner:
- Something is Always Better than Nothing
- Hard Work Really Does Pay Off
- There Are No Shortcuts to Success
- Comparing Myself to Others is Foolish
And there are so many more lessons I’ve learned, and who knows how many more are still to come.
The key, for me at least, is to keep learning the life lessons that running teaches us each time I’m out on the road or the trails.
And I hope you’ll do the same.
If you’d like to hear me expound on each of the life lessons running teaches us, just press the play button below!
What Lessons Has Running Taught You?