Running has taught me many things, from deeply personal to useful knowledge.
I’m linking up with My First 5K and More, Running With Attitude, Runs with Pugs, Zenaida and Run Laugh Eat Pie for Fit Five Friday. Today I’m sharing 5 things I learned through running — not necessarily five things I learned about running.
1: How many meters are in a mile
As well as how many in a quarter and half mile. Because these are are metrics runners use in their workouts — but I wasn’t raised on the metric system.
2: What Negative Splits are
Think negative splits are only for running? Let’s circle back to that New Year’s goals analogy. Start out with just a few goals, and you are much more likely to make lasting change than if you start out like a bat out of . . . you know.
3: What pronate, supinate, and heel strike means
As well as whether or not I do any of the above (yes, I supinate).
4: How to pace myself
Pacing is important in almost everything we do in life. Push too hard, laugh at recovery, and you’re likely to burn out at some point. Same thing with starting out too quickly (can we say a million New Year’s goals?). Letting analysis paralysis keep you from even trying is even worse!
5: I don’t melt
I wish I had $1 (inflation!) for every time Mr. Judy is reluctant to walk because it might rain. Sometimes he’s right, sometimes it’s a light drizzle that quickly stops, and sometimes the rain that’s on the radar never makes an appearance at all. I’ve learned through many rainy runs and races that I don’t melt. I’ve also learned that weather apps lie. Frequently.
It will come as no shock to my blog readers who’ve been around a while that I like to learn new things. I like to understand why things happen. Running has taught me many things, and many of those things apply to other areas of my life. Like the time we were trying to figure out how far 1500 feet was — between the two of us, without looking at Google, we figured it out.
Was there anything you learned when you started to run?
Anything you learned through running that really surprised you?
Has running given you personal insights into yourself?