I started running 11 years ago right off with competitive college cross country running. Later I continued on with road races, half marathons and marathons. Then in 2008, some months after my first marathon and quickly after registering for Boston I develop hip problems. I couldn’t run. Nobody had the answers. Nobody had the solutions. For a few years it was a good week when I could run at all, there were months at a time I didn’t run a step or more than a couple of miles in pain. Now I am pain-free for a year and a half. I am gradually increasing mileages, did some races. I am still not where I was in 2008 but getting there. I am a pain-free. Running is my life. Running is love. And most of all running has given me and taught me a lot I am trying to apply to other areas of my life:
- The mind is a powerful thing: it can make the body do anything.
- Even when the body wants to quit your mind can help you keep going.
- Pace yourself. Speed is not the key, but endurance is.
- Embrace the process. Enjoy the run. Enjoy the journey.
- Sometimes you need a break. Even a day off. Sometimes even a week off. Embrace your rest.
- You cannot reach the finish line unless you start.
- Get out of your comfort zone.
- Noone can do the work for you. But they can support and motivate you along the way.
- No matter how hard you work, disappointments may happen. Learn from your lessons and keep going.
- You are much stronger than you think you are.
- Believe that you can do it.
- Do the best YOU can do without comparing yourself to others.
- The view at the top worth the climb. The joy at the end of the workout or race worth the pain endured on the way.
- If you really want and love something you will find time for it.
- Listen to your body. Always.
- Shit happens. Sometimes you have to improvise.
- Celebrate each step along the way. Celebrate each milestone.
- Do not take anything for granted. Enjoy the present. Be thankful for every moment.
- Run your own race.
- You may not always see results right away, but hard work and belief pays off. Keep going. Keep believing.
- Don’t be afraid to dream big.
- Being one with nature feels amazing.
- Be your own motivation. Believe in yourself.
- Life can be beautiful.
- Healing IS possible if you truly believe in it. Never give up.
+ 1. Do it from love.
(The finish line at my first half marathon after healing from my long-term injury. May 2013, Split, Croatia. Forever thankful for this race.)