What running has taught me

My runs consist of three things, up hills, down hills and flat areas. My mindset for each type of terrain is totally different, yet it is the same. Lets start with the flat terrain. Whether it’s in the beginning of my run or the ending the flat parts of the course are the least of my worries. It’s the time where my legs are on auto pilot. I am able to enjoy the scenery and focus on pushing myself so that I am simply not slacking off. This is currently how my life is now. I have little to no worries about what is to come and what I had overcame. I can practically enjoy life knowing that it won’t last forever but while I am on earth I should enjoy and savor what I am blessed with.

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Sooner or later we will all run up against the hills. Some may be short and others could last miles. Regardless my heart will pump and my hopes are to run each hill as fast as I can. Pain is inevitable but how you choose to handle the pain is up to you. I use my mind to help me get thought the hills, considering that is the most powerful tool a runner can possess. As I run up a hill I ask myself two questions, how badly do I want to get to the top of the hill? I also ask, how much time do I want to spend going up the hill? These questions help me come to the same conclusion every time. The hill is a long and dreadful part. I want to finish the hill quickly because the longer I spend on the hill the longer I have to live through the suffering. I also tell myself the pain is temporary and once I reach the top I can gain the confidence and endurance to carry me through my workout. One of the reasons the title of the blog is king of the hills is because the purpose is to empower and inspire new and old runners to reach new heights. This goes to say the hills are time in life where I can acknowledge I am in various obstacles. However those obstacles are only temporary, they can help shape who I will become based on how I choose to deal with them is up to me.

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Last but not least are the down hills. I have yet to meet a runner who says they dread down hills. Despite how relaxing and easy down hills might be, you can not reach them until you have passed rough patches of up hills. There’s no need to say my sentiments toward downhills, why? Because I feel the same way you do about them. I enjoy the ride and will surely coast my way down to the flat surface. At the same time I will be sure to recognize a down hill was just completed and I might face an up hill later on. Regardless, I will be sure to keep a smile on my face and to know that whatever hurdle I am facing can only make me stronger and smarter.

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What has running taught you?

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9 comments on “What running has taught me

  1. Thanks, this is the most inspirational and practical advice about hill running I’ve read. I’m taking this with me from now on. How badly do I want to conquer those hills? Very! I hadn’t thought about it in those terms before.

  2. This is so great! Although I dread hill work per se, I do enjoy a run that incorporates a few hills, so I don’t get too bored. This is not to say I don’t love the flats – it’s where I get in the zone and don’t have to think about anything but the pure joy of running.

  3. Is very true that getting to the top of a hill is one of life’s great feelings, and I think you get quite a buzz on the downhill!. And as a bonus I was surprised to discover how much running had helped fitness in other areas- on a recent bike ride I found cycling up a hill so much easier – mostly because I coudl remind myself – this is SO much easier than running 🙂
    Great post and good inspiration.

  4. The lessons running has taught you are similar to the ones running has taught me. I discovered trail running a few years ago, and it saved my life, as I fought my way out of the darkness of depression and anxiety to find my light and my happy. It’s a spiritual experience, as well as a physical one.

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