I love how running is the perfect metaphor for life.
Whether on an emotional or a physical level, breaking down is a natural part of life and is a necessary, essential step in getting stronger.
In running: Work hard, train hard, push your body to its limits and beyond in that speed workout or long run. Give it everything you’ve got. Your muscle fibers break down and then they rebuild even stronger. The pain and discomfort are necessary. You won’t get stronger unless you push those limits and let things break down. On race day you will taste the sweet fruits of your labor and cross that finish line feeling proud, grateful and alive.
In life: Face the hard parts of life head on. Allow yourself to feel the hurt when you suffer a loss, a tragedy or a disappointment. Don’t hide from it. Feel it. It hurts but you must endure. You will learn from it and your heart will respond by making you stronger. Making you appreciate life more, assuring you that you are not alone. We have to let ourselves fall apart and find the strength to pick up the pieces and put ourselves back together again.
Running and life show us what we are made of when we let ourselves break down. We dig deep for that inner strength and rise up with more than ever if we allow ourselves to just let go. We have to believe there is beauty to be found in the break down.
I think running is a metaphor for life in lots of other ways too … what about you?