Running is/isn’t easy.
Running a 5K is/isn’t easy.
Running a marathon is/isn’t easy.
Over the last three years I’ve made many friends in the running community – runners of all shapes and sizes, skills and experience. Physically, for some, running is a natural gift; for others, it is a concerted daily effort. For some, running is easy; for others, not so much – but surprisingly, it doesn’t always break down along the “physically gifted/not so gifted” lines.
Running is a physical activity that taxes your muscles, heart and lungs. The faster you go, the harder your body must work – your muscles burn, your heart beats faster and your lungs strain to keep up with the demand for oxygen.
But what if I told you that running is more mental than anything else. What if I told you that being a “good runner” was more about what’s between your ears instead of how strong your legs are or how much blood your heart pumps or how much air your lungs can take it.
Running comes down to two things – discipline and joy. Do you have the mental discipline to put one foot in front of the other and can you find the joy in each one of those steps.
If you can consistently do both, happiness, particularly in how you see/feel about yourself, is not too far behind.