Are you a real runner? Do you identify as a runner? What are some of the benefits of finally accepting this identity, and what can be some of the downfalls of identifying this way?
Over years of coaching I have watched many runners take on the identity of runner. Some are quick to accept while others take years to accept and may secretly still think they are not actually a runner. The issue is usually connected to a negative self image and poor comparisons of themselves versus other "real runners". Once someone finally accepts the title of “runner,” the improvements on the metal and physical sides can really take off.
As long as running remains a hobby and not an identity, there is always an excuse for missing a goal. When a runner goes all in, a concept that varies widely in the world of real life runners, they can start working towards improvements. Goals can be set, training can be focused, experiments can be run....
With the start of a new school year, there has been a lot of talk about clean slates and fresh starts. Today, we talk about that concept and take two different angles:
1. On one hand, we should look at everyday as a fresh start, a new chance to make choices that lead us closer to the person that we want to become, the goal we want to achieve or the milestone that we want to hit. Why wait until some random day on the calendar when you can just start today?
2. On the other hand, do we ever actually get a clean start? Our experiences shape us and our view of the world, so is there such a thing as a fresh start? Can we just forget about the past and start again? And if so, do you want to?
We talk about reality vs. perception, and how all events and people in our life can help to teach us things and help us to grow. Yes, each day is a new day, and we should be conscious about the choices that we make, but changing our perceptions on past...
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