I found this post I wrote a while back about running. I wanted to share again as you may have missed it. Running is so much more than physical exercise and this post will help you understand what running does for me and hopefully can do for you. Why running has become a part of who I am. Be encouraged and don’t stop walking or running or whatever you are doing… it is helping you so much physically, but even more mentally. You may not even be aware of it. Mental toughness can carry you along way. Running is just like life… some days it’s going to be hard. There will be other days when you have the victory. It may take extra work. You will struggle. You will overcome. You will fail. You will even fall and pick yourself back up. We are running the race with endurance for the ultimate prize. Running parallels life… don’t give up, press through it!
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….Back to sharing what is happening in the world of Lindy the runner. A lot has happened while I have been away. My youngest son graduated high school (some empty nest stuff). Now he is being educated at the University of Alabama… Roll Tide. I became principal of a high school (love it, but busy). Tragedy hit the family, cancer and death, and all of sudden life was tough. Time was short. Pressure was mounting. The answers were missing.
Pushing through became something I had learned to do in the past years and running taught me how to do it well. Through it all, I ran. Sometimes less than I had before, sometimes slower than before and sometimes shorter distances, but still I ran.There were even days when all I could muster up was a walk. The strain was almost more than I could bear. Though I am not sure if it was physical or mental. Even when I thought I would just drop the running, something drew me back to it. When you love something, it is hard to let it go… near impossible to let it go… right? I know now that I not only love running, I need running.
I read a book during this time called Running and Being by Dr. George Sheehan… picked it up because it was “the book that made the world start running in the 80’s.” Reading this book, I started to discover and understand why I too needed running like so many others. My passion for running ignited again because I realized it didn’t matter if anyone else could understand me or why I loved running as long as I understood me, it was all that mattered. Dr Sheehan wrote, “My fitness program was never a fitness program. It was a campaign, a revolution, a conversion. I was determined to find myself. And, in the process found my body and the soul that went with it.”
No longer is my running a fitness program, but rather a place that helps me discover me. The good , the bad and the ugly.
And while discovering me is not over, and never will be for that matter, it is a process that has evolved, layer upon layer taking me to new levels… showing me potential that I didn’t know existed. I am driven and competitive by nature, results are what I do, in work and in play. But now that is different in many ways. The results still matter, but not in the same way. Now I enjoy and appreciate what running does for my soul, my mind, my heart. It gives me peace and clarity. It takes my stress, pulls it off my back and chunks it. It reminds me that my mind is capable and that the body is eager. It is my therapy. Running helps me find the best that is within me. It shows me the stuff I am made of and reveals portions of me that I am not always prepared to deal with. It gives me…..me… raw, desperate and longing. It teaches me that God has given me all I need to overcome and persevere… to endure. It shows me the magnificence of what he has created within me. It teaches me self discipline, but reminds me that I can’t do it alone. It brings an awareness that I can only discover somewhere running down a long, lonely road when it is just me and the sound of my foot steps, the pounding of my heart and the rhythmical wisps of my breath that takes me to another place deep within the recesses of my mind and soul and that is where I am found. And so I run again …
My mom and I at my last half marathon and her first half marathon in 20 years. She ran it with Colon Cancer in 2:40 and didn’t even know it!