|Tank : ℅ YogaOutlet | Pants : TJ Maxx (similar) | Shoes : New Balance|
About a year ago I started a new journey with running. A friend wanted to run a 5k, so I thought, sure, I'd train with her! I didn't commit to the 5k right away, but I tried. I'm not sure what changed in me then - I think a lot of it had to do with the fact she wasn't a "runner," either. (right, Mosby? :))
Almost a year and half later, I run on my own. I run with new friends I hardly know (scary, right?!), and I'm not afraid for others to see me. In fact, I'm proud. I proudly call myself a runner and, I won't lie, a little pride swells up inside when someone else refers to me as a runner.
The other day I sat down and pondered why I love calling myself a runner now, something I never believed to be possible… here's why.
Calling myself a runner reminds me I'm strong.Running is hard! It takes work, it takes dedication and it takes a lot of pushing. But it strengthens my muscles, builds my endurance and teaches me hard things. The day I ran my fastest mile ever, that day I couldn't help but be filled with joy because I accomplished something I literally never imagined possible.
Calling myself a runner reminds me I can be disciplined.
Anyone else out there commit to doing things all too often than you never follow through with? I know I can't be the only guilty party here - and it sucks, flat out. I commit to too many hang outs, Bible studies, free side-jobs (AKA blog designs & invitations for friends), and other responsibilities… and I often get discouraged when I fail or come up short. But you know what tells me I don't always have to fail? The fact I can make myself run - which is a very hard thing. Also note, "not failing" in this includes not only following through with my commitments, but also saying "no" when I genuinely can't handle something… the latter is most often the hardest.
Calling myself a runner reminds me I'm capable.
If you're a runner, do you feel that same pride swell up when you call yourself a runner? Or when someone else does? What does being a runner mean to you?
I received the blue tank above from YogaOutlet.com in exchange for a review, but rest assured all opinions are my own. I received two tanks from them - the royal blue tank pictured above and the light blue "goal digger" top I posted on Instagram - both of which were the quality I expected. I've been more than pleased with their service and timely delivery of my order. You can check out their Summer Sale items here and can use the code BRIDGEPOSE for 15% off your first purchase.