I spent my weekend travelling to Bilbao, Spain for a trade show for work. It was a long trip with a 7 hour layover in Heathrow but it’s great to be here and today I went for a great run (I’ll write a post about my trip but for now, just the picture above). Before I left Toronto on Saturday, I did one lap (20k) of a 100 mile relay at Sulphur Springs Trail Race. Because I did the first lap, I got to start at the same time as those running 50 or 100 miles. If anything is motivating, that is it! I was running the first loop with people who would be out there not only running all day but probably all night too. There was such a great community feeling at the start of the race and everyone was very chatty, probably because time goes a lot faster and they will be out there a long time. I ran for a long time with a guy that had just started running 2.5 years ago and he was attempting his first 100 mile on Saturday. Amazing!
I saw the movie Wild a while ago but I recently got the book and I started reading it while I was flying. It is a book about a woman finding herself through hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. The quote below really resonated with me and I think it applies to so many aspects of life, including running.
“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I choose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong, I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Insisting on this story was a form of mind control, but for the most part, it worked.” – Wild, Cheryl Strayed
Often when I talk to people who don’t know I run, when they find out I get asked a lot of questions. A lot of what ifs. Most of them are negative. There is a lot of “I want to run but I might not be good at it, it could hurt, it could be hard”. Running is hard and it does sometimes hurt but the positives far outweigh the negatives and letting fear hold you back from something that you want to try is a waste of a great opportunity. Do something that you want to but that you’re afraid to do!