Monday Meditation: Endure

12 Aug

The mental and physical challenge of Saturday’s half marathon really got me thinking about endurance. Obviously, long distance running requires a lot of endurance. But so does life. And here we have another area where running and real life coincide.

“If there’s one thing we runners do, it’s endure. We endure through long runs and hard workouts, weeks of bad weather, and days of low energy. We do what it takes to see things through to the end. We can achieve amazing things in the rest of our lives by practicing that virtue in our non-running endeavors.”

-Scott Douglas, The Little Red Book of Running

Oh, how true that is. I’ve used running as an analogy for life many, many times. It’s not just because I have some strange obsession with it or think everyone needs to run, but because of what it has taught me about me.

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Consider this:

Life without pain does not exist. Every day we are presented with choices and challenges. There are circumstances beyond our control and unpredictable obstacles. We struggle, adapt, and persevere by setting goals and taking steps toward them (no matter how small).

Running without pain does not exist. Every day we are presented with choices and challenges. There are circumstances beyond our control and unpredictable obstacles. We struggle, adapt, and persevere by setting goals and taking steps toward them (no matter how small).

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If we avoid challenges or give up when things get hard, we lose the potential of a positive outcome. If we meet those challenges by making adjustments, changing course, or pushing through, then we will be able to handle the outcome no matter what it is.

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When we endure, we reap powerful benefits. We learn discipline, patience, flexibility, courage, persistence, self-confidence, determination…the list goes on and on.

Truly, you do get so much more out of the miles than you put in.

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