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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Turning around

Point of view!

How one person sees something, an event or situation or predicament, how I see something.

Often vastly different based on a multitude of factors. So what happens when we change our point of view?

Life's challenges can seem insurmountable at times while life's joy can sometimes seem to rush past us and we never even realize them until they are past. Many times I hesitate to even tackle a problem-certain I won't have the strength to complete the task before me. All too often I wish time away for "the next event" not really enjoying the moments I'm living in.

During my run club last week I was once again solo. I wrote about how I run solo in group runs and why I run them here. I decided to run the opposite direction as the other group runners.  I was CERTAIN my time would be quicker than last week because I was running the "uphill" portion first-thus making it a "downhill" and the "flat" portion last-thus no "uphill" at the end.

Point of view being what it is.....

The perceived steep uphill finish turns out to be a mild downhill.  The perceived flat beginning turns out to be a long gradual uphill.

While Running, I realized the route was really not that much easier or difficult no matter which direction I ran it.
My Life, I realized, sometimes needs a new point of view so I don't cling to the idea that my challenges are beyond undertaking or that my joys are fleeting.

Remembering to turn around often!

Monday, June 11, 2012

The community I run with!

Best running partner ever, long time friend, ever re-inventing ourselves business partner and I co-founded a local running group. We've begun other types of groups or projects and a few are even still around.  Ask us why we start these groups or tackle these projects and we will likely have no idea how to answer you.

An awesome group of people at varied levels of running, the group enjoyed it's 6th run last week.  As I stood in the parking lot pre-run I looked around at the group and thought to myself.  "These people keep coming back...and bringing others with them."  And I wondered ~ "why?"

I've run several races from 5k to 1/2 marathon distances, throw in a sprint-triathlon and mud run to spice it up a bit and you've got my racing repertoire.  My children ask me why I race and I never have a great answer.  In every race I find myself running solo.  No pack of people around me. A group ahead-I can see them, a group behind-I can hear them, and me...alone...in the middle.

 Run Club=SAME!

Finding myself in that same middle position last week I realized part of why I run races or start/join run clubs.  There is a comfort for me in the race or group run accompanied by the spirit of competition that drives me to strive for more from myself.  Although I may not personally know any of the people in a race or in these groups, I am surrounded by people "like" me.  People working it out on the road, one step in front of the other.  I may never be running with the runners in front of me-but there is a comfort in knowing they are there in front of me should I happen to catch them, I'm not alone.  I may never be running with the runners behind me but I know they are there should I need someone to run with.

In every race I've completed, lead runners head back up the course (medals in hand) for one reason or another and ALWAYS encourage me.  Their presence assures me I can complete the task at hand and their voices tell me I'm doing great.

Whether formally brought together by a group, a race, a chance meeting or conversation, or even on-line, runners are a community.  A community that "gets" each other, supports each other, encourages each other.  
Competitive-yes! Supportive-always!

So as I was running I realized the reason I run races or start/join run groups is because....

I'm a runner~a community I'm proud to be a part of.