5 Things Running Taught Me

5 Things Running Taught Me

These five things may be what running has taught me, but they apply to most areas of our lives: for weight loss, for school, for your job — seriously, anything life throws at you, running can teach you how to handle it.

Today the subject from  Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run and the Friday Five Linkup is fitness.

Watch & running journal — they help me trust the process

Trust the process
Training for a race is definitely a process. No matter how long that race may be.

I’m not always good at trusting the process during the process — I get down on myself if I don’t hit the paces I’m aiming for; I feel like I’m not improving; I feel blindsided by setbacks, even though they’re normal.

That’s something I need to come to terms with.

I do trust the process when I toe the start line (unless injured). By then I know I have done my work, and I trust that it will bring me through the race.

Bad things can happen, I realize that. And even if I’ve done the work, sometimes conditions will rob me of the outcome I’m hoping for.

But I feel ready, prepared, and able.

Small steps, Ellie
Improvement in running rarely comes in leaps and bounds, so to speak. It can be a matter of seconds. And it can take months to see a few seconds improvement.

If you trust the process (there it is again!), yes, you will be rewarded.

It’s never as bad as you think it is
Well, sometimes it really is.

Most of the time, on the other hand, it’s not as cold as you think it is. It’s not as hot as you think it is. The workout isn’t as tough as you’ve made it out in your mind to be.

So turn your mind off and just step out your door, and in those famous Nike words: just do it!

The right equipment makes everything better
The right shoes.

The right socks.

The right fabrics.

The right fuel.

The right hydration.

There will be good days and bad days
No matter what equipment you have, no matter how mentally prepared you are, no matter what the weather is — there will just be good runs and bad runs.

Accept that it’s, yup, you got it — part of the process.


Do you trust the process?

27 thoughts on “5 Things Running Taught Me

  1. Ahh, accepting the process. This is so true and especially for older runners. If you read any running magazine or book, after age 40, our races times will gradually increase. However, I like to think that some of us can still improve with hard work!

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    1. Some of us don’t get faster if we do the drills, grumble, grumble.

      Which isn’t true, actually, but it goes back to that small steps point!

      You’re right, of course, you’ve got to do the work. Talent only gets you so far.


  2. I have all the right equipment except healthy feet…ugh.
    I do struggle with trusting the process, but I learned this past year I don’t need to worry do much about missing a run or not hitting my goal pace – I can still enjoy myself just being out there.

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  3. I definitely agree. Trusting the process can be very hard! Especially when setbacks come, I start to rebel against my training a bit and assume that I am doing something wrong. Trust and perseverance are definitely the way to get you though. It is always colder than I think it is, though. Haha! 🙂

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  4. You are so right about turning off your mind and just doing it! Don’t even think, just get dressed and get out there and trust that you will figure it out on the road, whether it’s the weather or lack of motivation. And another ‘yes!’ to the proper gear! Makes all the difference. Happy running to you!

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    1. Funny, like I said, once I’m at the race, I totally trust the work I’ve done.

      During training, though, I worry that I’m pushing too hard, or not enough, or will have great training but a poor race, and on and on.


    1. All that matters is that you are happy with them, Wendy! I truly don’t believe there’s a right or wrong way to train, only the right way for YOU.

      Maybe someday I’ll hire a coach (it seems really trendy!), but for now, I’m still experimenting on my own.


  5. yes, trust the process 😉 I’m always amazed how much non-running training helps with the running process as well. As they say, it’s a marathon, not a sprint (sorry for the obvious metaphor) 😉

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