But, after reading Katie at Moms Little Running Buddies post The Running Effect: How Has Running Changed You? I was inspired to write.
Maybe not running means I can reflect on exactly why this injury has me so down. It's not just not being able to run and burn off some calories. Not at all. It's about not being able to do the one thing that brings me so much peace and joy and release. Running has changed me in many ways over the years, especially when I actually accepted the fact that I was, indeed, a runner.
ConfidenceI think this has been one of the biggest changes for me. I tend to be a cheerleader for everyone around me. I always put so much faith into others and their abilities, but I don't always believe in my own.
Running has given me a sense of confidence in myself. A chance to believe in myself even. Without that sense of confidence, I never would have completed a full marathon. But, I finally believed enough in myself.
PerseveranceAs a runner, how can you not learn more about perseverance? Running is not always sunshine and rainbows. Any runner will tell you that. So why go back time and time again? Why go farther or faster for apparently no reason? And how do you force yourself to keep going when every fiber of your being wants to simply stop?
You know the rewards for persevering. You know that feeling of complete accomplishment, the pride. I'm definitely a stubborn person by nature, so maybe that's partially why I like the challenge of running. So maybe running didn't change me in this respect all that much just because of who I am by nature. But then again, it gave me focus.