RUNNING=LIFE

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“Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right.”   -Henry Ford

So in this post, I am going to attempt to debunk why for me, life=running and running=life.  BUT FIRST…a new PDR that ALMOST sounds like HEAVEN…10.5!

Yesterday, I had off for Election Day, and chose to use it for a long run.  This would have been my longest distance as of yet (hence the pDr) including Broad Street and I planned to do ELEVEN, but miscalculated a bit.  I started at my house and ran to the river which is 2.5 miles.  Then, while at the river I did a 3 mile out and back equalling 6.  On the way home, I assumed I would hit my 11, but instead ended up with 10.5. Hey, I’ll take it.  SO, what cause my miscalculation was actually a really cool detour to one of my FAVE places….

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LOVE it!  So, I have been wanting to get a camelbak water pack for a  while, as I really rely on liquid (mainly G2) for my fuel while running.  I recently found the gift cert Husband got me last Christmas

(FLASHBACK)

so I decided to stop at Philadelphia Runner and grab one on my way to the river. 

(post run) excuse the bed shot!

Of course I couldn’t just get ONE thing!  I got a sweaty band that has had rave reviews from several bloggers.  I will ADD to that review- this baby stayed on my head for almost 11 miles!  And let me tell you, these things NEVER work for me!

On my run I found a use for the rest of my gift certificate…the time has come:

Sole fell off!

TIME FOR NEW SHOES ASAP (like before I run the bridge)…

Anyway, the run was GLORIOUS!  I was so proud of myself and feel so accomplished! Oh how far I have come!  So, I celebrated with some good refueling and good company:  Chicken Caesar Salads (my specialty) with huge hunks of baguette with my three favorite boys:

Ian, Osc and Eams

OK, not for the post title:  WHY RUNNING=LIFE and LIFE=RUNNING.

So, I have been trying to tackle life in the same ways that I tackle running and vice versa.  I wanted to point out some things in this manner…

1.  Life, like running, should be “divided and conquered.”  This means that just as I usually chunk up my runs (ex: yesterday, the first 1/4 of my run was from home to the base of the river, the second 1/4 was from the base of the river out, the third 1/4 was back to the base of the river, and the final quarter was the journey home), life can also be “chunked up” in terms of taking things “STEP BY STEP”…literally.  When things seem REALLY overwhelming in life (and comparably a long run) taking the time to look at things on a mico-level can make it much less daunting, and therefore easier to undertake.

2.  When running and living, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.  This one is REALLY important, but is unfortunately one that I let go by the wayside.  I am going to try to do this more often in LIFE.  When I run, I do try to listen to my body, although I still struggle at times in deciphering the difference between pain and PAIN.  One is the pain that comes with training “Pain is temporary, Quitting is forever, says Caitlin. The other PAIN means INJURY!  So, I am still grappling with this in running, and also in life.  I tend to pile A LOT on my plate and hence do not listen to my body or its needs.  I am going to work on this.  Wanna work on it too?  I will track my progress from time-to-time on the blog.

3.  Fueling and Hydration are UBER important in both life and running.  The applicable nature of the statement in terms of running is quite evident, so let’s look at it in terms of LIFE.  Think of fueling an dhydration in less traditional terms.  Think of fueling and hydration beyond what we feed our bodies, but more how we feed our souls.  Are you getting enough love in your life?  Are you loving yourself?  Are you spiritually connected or satisfied?  Think of these things and similar questions, and think of fueling and hydration beyond just food and drink.

4.  Running is a CHALLENGE, as is life!  This quote really sums it up for me, “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. –– George S. Patton” This quote applies to running challenges AND life challenges, as does this one…”There is no Challenge more challenging than the challenge to improve yourself. — Michael F. Staley”

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OH MY GOODNESS!  Oprah must’ve been reading my mind, becuase her quote pretty much sums up this ENTIRE post:

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”
-Oprah Winfrey

And since I am on a bit of a quote rampage, here is one of my favorite running quotes!  I will be posting a new one each post before the BIIIIIIIG HALF MARY!  17 days left!!!!! (Source)

“…we learn through running to take what the days gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate.”   –John Bingham, running writer and speaker

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!  What is YOUR favorite running/motivational quote?!?!

 

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