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Growing up in our house in Vermont, we had a huge built in dining room armoire in the kitchen/dining room area. And in the middle of the very nice wooden armoire was a big mirror. And in the middle of that mirror, my dad hung this bumper sticker:
Instead of thinking: “I’m not good enough”
I’m thinking: “everyday I’m getting better”.
And everyday, I AM getting better, while having fun doing what I enjoy. It’s AMAZING what a little change in perception can do for you. This sport, for so , so many of us, is about BUILDING ourselves up. Physically, yes, but also emotionally. Running really helped me come out of my shell. I know, I’m sure those of you who have only recently met me could never imagine how incredibly, painfully shy I used to be (now I hardly shut up, but I digress). I’ve talked to COUNTLESS people who have developed an amazing sense of self confidence and self worth through their running. Build yourself up, do not tear yourself down. You ARE good enough, strong enough, fast enough. And if you feel otherwise, or are in a running slump yourself…then change your outlook. Sure, always push to be better. Don’t get me wrong there. But do not let somethign you love bring you down. You are not defined as a person by the place you finish in a race. Remember why you started to LOVE running in the first place, or why you want to love running.
Listen to Ben and Jerry. Afterall, anyone who puts pop rocks in ice cream certainly knows what they are talking about.
Happy (fun) running my friends! Have a fantastic week!