“Nothing in Nature blooms all year. Be patient with yourself.”
I cannot find who to attribute this quote to but it was my mantra on my morning run today. I’ve been watching these magnolias slowly open up to the world while I am running. It’s been quite lovely.
I have been running for two solid years and sometimes I get down on myself because I am not faster. When I start to think negatively like this, I flip the script and tell myself, “Girl, you can run 13 miles! You can run 5 miles without stopping. You can beat up a kickboxing bag like no body’s business.” And then my feet move faster.
It’s all about perspective. I am not going to be a runner that gets caught up in pace all the time. Sometimes, yes. I want to do well in races. I can be competitive. But I don’t ever want running to turn into something that I have to stress about. It’s my relief. It’s my happy place.
If you find yourself struggling with motivation, just be patient with yourself. Motivation is fickle. You need determination. Not just in running or exercise, but in anything you do. Sometimes you need a day off. Sometimes you need to get away from everything and regroup. That is okay. I encourage it!
Just because we aren’t a flower on a tree doesn’t mean we aren’t a part of nature. We need time to let ourselves grow. We need time to find what works for us. Once you find what you love and enjoy, you will bloom. Just be patient.
I am a competitive person and I love competition. Some people think that competition is a bad thing. I think it is all about perspective. What are you competing with? On today’s run I had already ran 2.5 miles when a guy came out of nowhere and started running in front of me. Now I’ve never seen this guy before. So as he darts past me I was like well he’s faster than me but I kept running at my same pace. I notice that at my pace I was behind him but still keeping up. Then he started walking and I saw that as my opportunity. See, I created my own competition. So I started running a little faster. And I passed him! But my victory was short lived when he passed me again and stayed ahead of me for a good 2 miles. Instead of getting discouraged I kept my pace. When he would walk, I would continue to run. Slowly but surely right near the end of my 5 mile run I caught up to him again and passed him! I really wanted to turn around and give him a high five but thought that might be a little awkward especially because he had no idea we were competing and he was a total stranger. Sadly, instead of a high five I stayed humble and just ran past him. I was ahead of him and only .2 miles away from the end of my 5 mile run. I was so excited that I pushed myself and that I beat him. Right before my 5 mile mark, guess what? HE PASSES ME! I couldn’t help but smile. Isn’t that just how life is? We then both went our separate ways without saying a word or even a wave. Even though he ended up passing me at the end I didn’t get discouraged. Do you know why? Because I pushed myself because of him and he didn’t even know it. Today was hot and I hadn’t run in a few days. I was going to make this a slow easy run today. Little did I know I was going to have competition. I pushed myself because of him and because I wanted to beat him. When I wanted to stop and walk, I kept running. When I wanted to slow down, I ran faster. Because of my competition I had a better run today. Competition is all about perspective. How you view it. I used the competition today to push me to run harder, faster. Who’s to say that I wasn’t his competition? He might have not wanted to run that far today, or that fast. Who’s to say that I wasn’t pushing him? Sometimes competition is not put in your life to push you but for the opposite, that you are there to push someone else. One time after my run, I was stretching and a guy came up to me and said, “Whew, you’re fast!” I looked around to see if he was talking to me. I run about an 11 minute mile. That’s not too fast in my eyes. But he was talking to me. He said he’d been trying to keep up with me for a good 2 miles. He never caught up to me. He knew I was faster than him but he made it his goal to not lose me from him sight during the run. Wow I was humbled. This made my day. He made me his competition that day. Competition is not always a person either. I compete every time I run. I compete against the time, the weather, and myself. Sometimes I compete with pain, discomfort, and doubts. Competition is all about how you view it. Some say competing will cause you to be bitter. I believe competing will cause you to be better, a better person. One who motivates themselves, pushes themselves, finds the fun in the routine and mundane, and stays humble. Learn from the competition. How can it make you a better person? Keep pushing. Keep competing. Don’t give up. Dig Deep!
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