Lessons from Running: Hard Work

In between everything else going on, I will randomly write posts or part of posts as they come to mind. Sometimes writing, like running, helps me sort out of my feelings and many times, I seem to be able to express myself better in print rather than verbally. I keep thinking about things that running has taught me as part of my Lessons from Running series. Several things popped into my head right way, as I’ve written about here and here. Another one that I wanted to talk about was about working hard.

Running isn’t easy. I don’t think that running ever really gets easy, at least not if you have goals and want to push yourself. To obtain your goals you’re going to need to work for them. Any goal worth working toward is going to take work. Things that take effort are usually worth the effort you need to put in. There is great satisfaction in knowing how hard you worked to make something happen.

I love getting my Runners World quotes every morning. When I read the one from A League of Their Own, it reminded me of why I love running so much (it also reminded me I should watch A League of Their Own soon). “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” Sometimes I feel like God is sending me messages when I need to hear them. And I needed this reminder. I have been frustrated with so many times about house stuff and not being able to run as much. Not being able to run races at all. But that’s what makes it all worth it. When we finally get in the new house, all the late nights and stress and exhaustion will have been worth it (it may take a little while to forget all that other stuff though!). And when I can really train again, it’ll make the rest period worth it. And when I can race again – that’ll be the best part.

So sometimes things are hard. Sometimes life gets a little rough. But the hard is what makes it great.

Do you ever get little reminders from God/the universe/fate right when you need them? Do you think that the hard work makes things better than if they were easy? What are you working hard towards now?

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