Monday, June 29, 2009

My Better is Better than Your Better

Run up-date - I did wake up early this morning, and I had a great run! Thanks for all the encouraging words!

On my run, it got me thinking: What has running taught me about myself?

My boyfriend bought this for me a few months ago. This is why he bought it for me (his words, verbatim): Because that's been your style lately. That's been your attitude!

Disclaimer: I am NOT a Longhorn, I am a Sun Devil. Graduate from Arizona State University. My bf is a Longhorn (grad school) but we both went to undergrad at ASU...I felt that was needed! :)

This photo will be explained further down.

Anyways, back to: what running has taught me about myself...

I am much stronger than I thought I was.
I always knew I was a strong person, but never ever did I actually think I could complete a half marathon. Are you kidding me? That's hard! Hardest thing I've ever done!

I'm so stinkin' stubborn.
Ok, I knew this, but running distance has really let it shine in all its glory! That's right folks, drink it in, my name is Jen, and I am stubborn!

I am feisty.
Enough said...

I love it when people doubt me.
This, I am almost certain, has to do with me being so stubborn, but I just love proving people wrong, especially when it has to do with what I am capable of. Don't think I can do it? Test me, I bet I can!

I thrive on "impossible" challenges.
Seriously, if you told me a year ago that I would be nearly 50 pounds lighter, have completed a half marathon, followed by two 5ks, training for 3 more half marathons, and enjoyed it (well most of it) I would have laughed, called you crazy, and thought to myself that's impossible. Well, I now know what it's like to complete what I once thought impossible, and I'm hooked!

I believe in myself.
I had tremendous support from lots of people. Most supportive would have to be the love of my life (even though he thought and still thinks I'm completely crazy). Bottom line though, I couldn't have done any of it had I not believed in myself.

I'm the best.
Not to say that I'm better than you, but I'm the best I've ever been. Happier than I've ever been. Healthier than I've ever been. Faster than I've ever been. Better than I've ever been. Today I'm better than I was yesterday. Tomorrow I'll be better than I am today. I'm the best me there is, plain and simple (hence the photo).

And to top it all off, with the good and bad, I love it! I'm learning more about myself than I ever thought I would. So, thanks running!

1 comment:

  1. I also thrive on "impossible" challenges! How funny, I was in my car today thinking this. Picking up running was an "impossible" challenge for me and I quickly found the runner in me. It came naturally, which totally surprised me. Now that I've found the runner in me, I'm taking on the next "impossible" challenge - the marathon. Just like you, I'm learning more about myself through running and I'm thankful for it. So thankful. By the way, love the shirt! It reminds me of that little jingle, "Anything you can do, I can do better!" Way to go for getting the morning run in. I have a morning run scheduled for tomorrow...better get to bed!


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