My Running Motto: Love the Run You’re With

My Running Motto: Love the Run You’re With

While training for my first marathon 3 years ago, I read a blog post by Emily about a 5k she did on Valentine’s Day called “Love the Run You’re With”. That phrase just really stuck with me. Honestly, it has changed the way I view most of my workouts, and even (dare I say) my life. Yup, it was that revolutionary. It’s been a motto I come back to over and over again, especially on long runs (which can be tough!).

Running and loving every moment in Napa Valley, California

Before this motto came into my life, I often viewed runs as something to get through. I loved how I felt after a run…the endorphins, the sense of accomplishment, the pride I felt it doing something I didn’t think I could, the fact that I could eat more food because of the calories burned. All those things motivated me to get out the door.

But it was rarely that I went on a run because I truly loved running DURING the run. As I was preparing for this marathon, I remember Kyle telling me that I would enjoy running the marathon. That thought seemed insane to me. I knew I’d be so happy to have accomplished running it, but I had always pictured the act of running the marathon as being pure misery. I didn’t really believe him that I could have fun during the race. It seemed impossible.

Then I heard my motto for the first time…love the run you’re with. And it got me thinking. I spend all this time running, but was I really enjoying it?  It was in that moment that I realized that I could–and did–enjoy the actual act of running. Easy runs, tempo runs, long runs, solo runs, group runs…they’re great!

It was in that moment that I decided to love every single run I went on. If you’ve run at all, you know that there are some runs that just bite the big one. For whatever reason, your head and heart aren’t in it. You’re counting down the miles, you’re slower than usual, everything hurts, it’s too hot/cold/icy/windy. There are a million things that can make a run tough. But I have decided that I am in the one in charge of my attitude, and I will choose to love every. single. run.

Fake it til you make it...trying to keep my head up after a tough race
Fake it til you make it…trying to keep my head up after a tough race

Because every run has a benefit. With every mile, we gain endurance. With every interval workout, we gain speed. With every monotonous run, our minds become tougher. No run is pointless. So I will choose to love it.

This applies to life too. It’s so easy to get upset about every little thing that we wish we could change about our lives. But this is the life, the day, the hour that we’ve been given. All we can do is choose to make the best of it.

And, oh, how this applies to travel. We plan these wonderful trips out for months, saving up our money and personal days to be able to go. And there are so many amazing moments within the vacation that we’ll never forget. But there are also the less picturesque moments. Delayed airplanes. Expensive hotels that end up being crapastic. Bickering with your loved ones. I can only begin to imagine some of the difficulties of traveling with kiddos.

At the end of the day, we have to take the bad with the good. So don’t get upset when parts of the trip are less than ideal. No vacation is perfect (even though it may seem that way when you look at your friends’ Facebook pictures). Love the vacation you are on, because it is the one that you have. Laughter definitely helps.

Playing in the waves of the Pacific Ocean in California
We didn’t let a little food poisoning and a freezing cold ocean stop us!

So I challenge you, today, to love the run (and the one and the vacation) you’re with. Enjoy today’s workout, no matter how easy or difficult it may be. Love those around you, no matter how easy or difficult they may be. We don’t always get to choose our circumstances, but we always choose our attitudes. Let’s do our best today to choose an attitude of joy, laughter, and gratefulness.

Do you have a running or life motto? 

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