5 Presidential Qualities . . .

. . . Runners Need


Yesterday was President’s Day — it’s a holiday that often escapes my notice, as I don’t have kids in school, and seriously — who thinks about President’s Day except for the kids?

We should, though; Presidents have many qualities that runners really need.

Say what you want about Obama, but I will say that he definitely had a vision of what he wanted for our country. It’s too bad he was unable to realize his vision.

Runners need vision, too: we need the ability to see the big picture — not just the coming race, but how that coming race actually fits into our goals.

We also need the vision to see ourselves as runners. I can’t begin to tell you the talented runners I’ve met who don’t feel as though they’re “real” runners. Or the vision to see ourself running that first mile, first race, and so on.

Old Honest Abe (and Washington, and Jefferson too) were on to something:

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. — Thomas Jefferson

You have to be honest with yourself:

  • Do you really want to run that marathon, or are you just suffering from FOMO?
  • Is it time to see a doctor/PT/chiropractor over that little niggle?
  • Should you really run today, or would you be better served by more rest?
  • Are you pushing yourself or just getting by?

It isn’t always easy being honest with yourself. But it can harder when you don’t pay attention to that little voice telling you something isn’t right.

Back to Lincoln. Did you know that he lost eight elections?  How easy it would have been for him to give up — and you have to wonder where would our country be today if he had.

It takes a lot of perseverance to be a runner:

  • Persevering through bad weather
  • Persevering through tiredness
  • Persevering through your doubts/fears

When all is said and done, it just comes down to putting one foot in front of the other. Over and over and over again.

A Good Team
No runner is an island — whether you need runner friends to motivate you, a coach to push you, a team of doctors to keep you running, or just support from your significant other, running is always better with good people in your corner.

Just insert runner for lawyer in the quote below:

If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already. –Abraham Lincoln

True, belief is unlikely to get you to the finish line. Only lots of hard work, and yes, perseverance, will get you there. But if you believe you can, you are more than half way there.

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.

Tuesdays on the Run

25 thoughts on “5 Presidential Qualities . . .

  1. I love this! You’re so right…as runners we have to be honest with ourselves and listen to our bodies! And we sure do have to persevere a LOT to do what we do! Hope you had a nice President’s Day, I was glad to have the day off!

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    1. President’s Day is just another day when you don’t work (or before, when you were self employed) & my husband doesn’t get it off either.

      Glad you got to enjoy a day off — long weekends are always nice.


  2. I had to work yesterday but it was quiet. The Boulder schools have the day off, so some people were out for a 3-day weekend. It was nice to get some stuff done without feeling rushed. Back to normal today.

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  3. Judy, I love this post. So perfectly stated in every way.

    There are so many runners who have so much self-doubt and struggle with goals because they can’t envision the journey — or the end. It’s so important to be presidential in those instances!

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    1. I’ll wait for your take on that, Wendy. I’ll cover a lot of topics on my blog — politics? Not going there.

      I’ve run a large online community before (not that my community here is anywhere near as large, actually) & I know just how ugly that can get.


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