1. It's supposed to be hard.
Like life, running owes you nothing. You cannot expect to get up off your couch, dust off the cake crumbs, put your trainers on for the first time in years and then run 10 miles. It just doesn't work like that. Reaching your goals will involve a whole lot of hard work and pain. But this pain is temporary and will hurt 10 times less than growing old wondering what could have been if you had just tried a bit harder, persevered a bit longer and really made the most of your run in this world.
2. When you think you're getting tired, you've still got miles left in you.
One of the most striking lessons you will ever learn from running is that you are capable of way more than you ever thought possible. How many times do you see people giving up when you know that they are capable of pushing on if they just believed it? Or when you know that they are so close to finishing that all they need to do is keep grinding a little further? We've all been there ourselves. Often it's when we are closest to succeeding that our mind will play tricks on us. And this is the moment that truly defines character. This is the moment that our human spirit really comes alive. This is the moment a warrior is born. And the more testing times we overcome, the easier it is the next time. Every race is different but the outcome is always the same... The human spirit conquering self-limiting beliefs, overcoming obstacles and reaching it's full potential.
3. There is no room for excuses.
At some point in our lives, excuses become ingrained in both our internal thinking and external communication. Perhaps it's a protection mechanism, perhaps it reduces pain from embarrassment when something doesn't pan out the way we intended. Whatever the reason, we quickly realize that in order to grow and develop we must accept responsibility for our own situation. It's the only way we can change and improve it. When you're running it's just you and the road. There are no team mates to blame. There are no opposition to accuse of foul play. It's just you, your training, your preparation and your mindset. If something doesn't work, it's you who must look at why it doesn't work. It is this learning experience which will make us truly great and become our best self.
Article by Andy Hine, Founder of Medal Displays.
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