It’s because you are a Runner
I follow a lot of channels and people on various social media. A lot of people go on about this race and that race. There are so many articles about how to perform better in races. Competition is good it can help you push yourself and take you put of your comfort zone. It can also push you to achieve. I love to run long distances last year though while training for an Ultra the training took that joy away for a while. I know that sometimes things you love can become a grind no matter what. One of my other loves is Art. After a history over the years of drawing painting and many other media I fell out of it (life got in the way). This year I have been back on the Art train (thanks to my lovely wife). I draw daily if possible and I am loving it. However just like running there are days where it’s a grind and you have to push yourself to get through it. Always knowing that there will be better days when everything is going right.
I see people so focussed on races that they forget to take a step back and enjoy what they are doing. The majority of us are not going to be Olympic athletes or Top tier athletes. We run for many reasons from health and just enjoyment. Running is one of those activities that people always ask when’s your next race. Sometimes when you say ‘who knows’ they look at you like you’re insane almost like ‘if your not racing why are you running?’ This year I was going to enter run a Marathon what was to be the first one organised locally, 2 months before I decided not to do it. The route was to be lovely but even though I knew I could finish it I wouldn’t finish how I wanted. This is not a blog about the injury/illness issues I’ve had this year but that was part of it. My main reason for pulling out was why run it when I knew I would be under prepared, that I would suffer much more than needed and probably hate it with the possible knock on of hating running for the following few months.
So I decided the rest of my year was concentrating on getting out there with my Traildog. Enjoying the beautiful places I live in and loving running. That does not mean I’m not pushing myself or do not have personal challenges in the pipeline it just means remembering why you run. It’s not for races not for medals. It’s because you are a Runner!