Encourage and Motivate

Sometimes I really don’t know what to write. Sometimes I think I can write only so much about my running experience and what I learn and gain from it. So I just want to talk a little about how we encourage others.

I completed week 4 of our marathon training and feel great and hopeful that I can get through this and meet my goal. I’ve also come to terms I am as fast as I am going to be for now. I’ve struggled and shared how I felt when I can’t keep up. I also see others slower than me and I’ve tried to really slow down when I can and run with them and encourage them. I do have a training goal so sometimes I do have to go on but I don’t want anyone to feel left out or to not be motivated. I want everyone to feel a part of this group and to keep running. And I also want to remind others that it isn’t necessarily about the pace all the time. It’s about the therapy we get when we are out running together. And when you run with a group and end up running alone sometimes it is easy to feel frustrated. We all need to take a step back and remember those that are just starting to run or those that may never be the fastest. We are their examples and we are their encouragers. I’m not saying that we can’t make it alone, because we can. You are strong enough to make your goals and honestly at the end of the day you need to rely on you and you only.

I’m not scolding anyone or trying to make anyone feel bad. But we all get caught up in where we are and what we are trying to accomplish that we can sometimes forget others. I know I’ve been guilty of that. I’ve seen others hurt and I’ve been the one hurt. And it doesn’t feel good from either perspective. This also can relate to everyday life not just running. We get so caught up in things we forget to be there for those that need us. Life is too hard to always be thinking about how we can help others feel better. And I most certainly do not depend on others to complete my day. But having that random act of kindness goes such a long way. So as we start this next week let’s reflect on how we can encourage others. How we can keep their goals in reach and keep them believing in themselves.

So here’s to week 5 of training and it starts with 6 miles of hill work tomorrow! So everyone have a great holiday and happy running!

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