Sometime in early 2021 there will be a day that will be the 10-year anniversary of the first time I went for a run. I wish I could remember the exact date because little did I know back then what a huge impact running would have on my life.
Back then my coping strategies were anything but healthy and I had little to no fitness whatsoever. I was too unfit to complete the couch to 5k app but somehow managed to take it slow enough to build up to a slow run on my own. At the time I was in a real cycle of self-loathing, especially about my body. But running started to show me that there was so much more to my body than the way I looked. That first little bit of resilience was planted in back then me because somehow, I was able to keep trying until I could complete 5k. (Just over 3 miles) I was never fast but I achieved something back then that was the start of huge change in my life.
Fast forward 10 years and can go a bit further (although I’m still not that fast), but running has given me so much. Instead of my old coping mechanisms, I learned to run when I was frustrated, bored or sad. And running when you are angry!
But even better than this it has taught me to be resilient. Over the last ten years I have picked my self up and started running again and again after life has found a way to stop me.
I started again after those early running injuries from having the wrong shoes, after having a baby, after moving to a new house and loosing my beloved running route, after being treated for cancer and after a painful back injury. The list goes on. Sometimes it was easy to start again and at others I went right back to the start.
But here’s the good bit – every time you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start again it gets a little bit easier because you know you can do it, you’ve done it before! And if I can do that with running why not with all the other parts of life!
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is although life is hard and you wont always be the fastest, strongest, smartest or best at everything, each and every one of you can have resilience. You don’t build resilience from being perfect or from life being perfect for you. You build it from having the courage to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start again. Sometimes you might need a little help to do that.
From a professional, from a friend or from your family but each and every one of us can do that! Trust me it is life changing. And so is running. 😊
Stay safe, stay strong and stay kind. Terrie.