Brash: Ok or not OK?

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Brash: heedless of the consequences

Brash. Running. How do these two things come together? I think all too often they do — and sometimes it works, sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you need to heed a few consequences.

You’re obviously conscious of being brash or big-headed but I always knew I was going to be a footballer when I was seven or eight. I didn’t just think I was going to be one, I knew I was going to be one. Nothing ever surprised me really.— Michael J. Owen

When brash is okay
If I’m being truthful, I believe that it’s never a good idea to ignore the consequences. It gets you into a lot of trouble. Other definitions for brash include hasty, rash, but also energetic or highly spirited.

I think we can all agree that being hasty and rash isn’t a good thing, and I’ll cover that more next. But energetic? High spirited? That can absolutely be a good thing.

Running can be hard and sometimes it sucks the soul out of you. But it can also be great — and one way to make it great is to be high spirited — to find the fun in running.

Sometimes being brash means:

  • Taking that jump shot.
  • Trying something new, despite your fears.
  • Meeting up with a group of runners where you know no one.
  • Confidently stating a race goal — something that may be a big stretch for you.
  • Wearing what makes you feel good, no matter what anyone else may think.
  • Ignoring the nay sayers and doing it anyway.
  • Making silly faces for the photographers.
  • Just smiling when you don’t feel like it.

Some might argue that these aren’t really brash things, but sometimes, they can be. Sometimes the simplest things can energize you and get you out of a funk — they can feel high spirited to you.

Sometimes you have to brash in your choices. Like above — ignore the nay sayers (even if it’s yourself) and do the thing that scares you anyway. Sometimes you’ll fail, but as the poem says, what if you fly? (learn more about that quote — which I’ve slightly altered — and its author in this post here).

The trouble with most comedians who try to do satire is that they are essentially brash, noisy, and indelicate people who have to use a sledge hammer to smash a butterfly.— Imogene Coca

When brash is not okay
I think there is a growing trend, no doubt fueled by social media and FOMO — and race directors too — to race too much and too often. People are lured in by bling and bragging rights. Some runners can handle multiday races; some think they can handle it, can seem to handle it . . . until their body rebels.

I know personally there are times I can race a lot and times when I need more rest and recovery. As we age as runners, it’s tempting to ignore the little aches and pains and fatigue because we don’t want to admit our bodies can’t do what they once did. In this case ignorance is not bliss —  push too hard and you may push yourself right out of the race.

It’s not just us adult onset runners, either. Being brash can help you push through your fears and it can also get you in a whole heap of trouble.

Don’t be afraid to be brash, but don’t be brash because your friends are. Do it because it motivates you. And never ignore that little voice inside of you that is telling you that being brash in this instance would be a bad idea.

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I am linking up with Debruns and her Wednesday Word

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.

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Tell me in the comments:

When do you think brash is okay?

When do you believe brash is too rash?

Has being brash ever gotten you into trouble?