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Day 2 Truth

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I’m trying out this 30 Days of Truth thing. Today is day 2. You can see where it started (just yesterday!) here.

Day 02 — Something you love about yourself.

Just one thing? There’s so much to love! :-D

It really is a beautiful gift that I honestly believe there are a lot of things to love about me. I mean – I’m funny, nice, gorgeous, loving, generous, helpful, steadfast, determined, and pretty darn smart, too. Oh and did I mention humble?

Seriously, though, I think it’s okay to recognize and acknowledge my good traits. Lord knows I spend enough time obsessing about the negative ones!

The thing that is sticking out for me today when I think of something I love about myself is this: my perseverance. I know how to persevere, man. When I set my mind to something, “determined” is putting it mildly. Of course, this is something that could work for or against me – and definitely has done both in the past. But I’m choosing to focus on the positive aspect of perseverance today. I believe it’s one part of my successful formula to staying in recovery from drugs, alcohol, and compulsive eating. It’s not easy to completely change who you are at your core. Perseverance helps. A lot.

Perseverance has helped me in relationships, especially my marriage. We’ve been through some really rough times. I think a lot of people would have called it quits at various stages we’ve gone through. I was determined to keep at it, though, and I’m so grateful that I did. I should probably also mention here that my husband has some pretty awesome perseverance traits himself. :-)

My long-time readers know I’ve been through hell with pain from a car accident over 2 years ago. I’m still in pain, but it’s better these days – mostly due to a new hobby I picked up this summer: running! Getting through each day with loads of pain is an act of perseverance that I wish on no one. But running. Ah… running. My new love. I never dreamed that I would ever be a runner. I’m the most nonathletic girl in the world. Well, I was anyway.

My running adventures started with walking simply enough. During one of my walks I got the urge to run and I haven’t looked back since. Once I discovered that it helped alleviate my neck & shoulder pain, I was doubly sold. Now, if there was ever a group of people who knew how to persevere, it’s runners. We run through heat & humidity, through leg muscles burning from exertion, through side stitches, through minefields of bugs, through tiredness the likes we’ve never felt before, and through the sweet – oh so sweet – runner’s high. And we go back out again as soon as we can for more.

Alas, injury struck me. And so my perseverance will be tested yet again. I know I have the determination to get through the coming weeks of physical therapy, though. My past experience has shown me what I’m made of – and it’s some pretty strong stuff.

I’m grateful I was blessed with this trait, but perhaps a later day of truth will give me the opportunity to explore its darker side. Stay tuned.