Always A Runner

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 I am a runner.

For a few months now, I didn’t let that title define me, and now I realized just how wrong I was to strip myself of that identity.

I used to be over 275 pounds. I shed that weight by running. It’s easy to forget the person that you were for most of your life because the past is in the past. I embrace the long, grueling run by thinking about where I came from.

I work through hurdles (no pun intended for you deer out there). I can battle 26.2, injuries, and physical and mental barriers that stop most normal people in their tracks. Not just anyone can run a marathon. Even the most talented of runners collapse in the distance because of the mental and physical walls that have to be broken down. I am going on my third June 13th, and am planning on running many more. I can beat 276 pounds and I can beat this mental monster that was created over months of losing myself. I don’t think I’m lost, I found who I am and this journey just got more exciting.

The book Once A Runner talked about the trial of miles, and this whole experience is my trial of miles. In order to be in peak physical training you have to put in the time and effort. There is no secret- just time, sweat, and energy. There is no special pill or serum.  You run the miles, no matter how grueling they are. They are repetitive and at times you feel as if there is no point, but, the thing is, there is a point. You have to discipline yourself to keep putting in the effort to become your greatest.

People are too soft to put in the Trial of Miles. We are scared to be uncomfortable, looking for the outcome without putting any work in. It is the same western philosophy that teaches us that work is not required to get what you want. This is fundamentally flawed, because we must understand that the journey, the trial is where we find meaning.

Thus, this quote can be applied to anything worthwhile in life. You have to work to achieve anything. You may refer to it as the miles of trials or the hard yards in running, time under the bar in strength training, hitting the books hard in school, or jamming until your fingers bleed – all sayings encompass the notion of work and time.

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