Reflective questioning leads to a deeper understanding of ourselves. We critique and build from mistakes and experiences.
1. Do I have to be fast, to be a runner?
In my opinion, a runner is someone who puts in the workouts. A runner is someone who owns their own miles, whether it’s on the road, track or trails. Being a runner isn’t about being faster than everyone else, run your pace. Running is about knowing your goals, having a plan and executing your dreams.
2. What if I never ran/raced in competition again?
Running doesn’t have to be defined by a series of races and medals. For me, running is a lifestyle. Running is a way to maintain fitness and do something healthy for myself. Miles run on the roads and trails are a release from the demands and stresses of daily life.
3. Will I need surgery on my bunion?
I think about this bunion on my right foot often. A large bony knob on the side of my foot near my big toe. The bunion doesn’t hurt, but I feel it effects my foot mechanics and stride. Every running related injury has been with my right leg. Hmm. . .
4. Is having surgery the key to my recurring issues with my right foot/leg?
Surgery is such a tough choice. I can’t be guaranteed a 100% successful surgery. I read about elite marathon Paula Radcliffe and her ordeal with a bunion. She felt it was at the root of her foot problems and running injuries. Read more about Paula Radcliffe’s surgery HERE
5. Am I still a runner if I never run another full marathon again?
The distance that one runs or races, shouldn’t define a runner. Every Mile Counts. I’ve run one marathon, but question whether my body can handle that level of training and mileage again. I enjoy distances all the way up to the half marathon. I’m able to maintain fitness and running mileage to run half marathons without over stressing my schedule as a mom, teacher and wife.
6. Will I remember to appreciate the runner I am at that/this very moment?
Yes, the past can help to shape our present and future. However, it’s important not dwell on what was or what could be. Runners need to embrace each phase of running as the age and change. Setbacks with injuries happen and then running comes back. I also can’t look over my shoulder and wish for the runner I was at 16, 30 or even 35. Now, at 40, I have to appreciate and embrace the runner I am in this moment!
7. How has age effected my running? Intensity, Quality?
I definitely have to put forth a more planned approach and methodical effort. My muscles need more prepping and tweaking now, before and after running. I don’t remember doing all this stretching, foam rolling and core work as a young teen, like I do now.
8. What do I hope to teach my daughter about running?
Currently, my 14 year old daughter is participating in high school cross country conditioning. She will be a freshman this year. My daughter has been running with me since middle school. I want her to know that running strengthens the soul mentally and physically. Running is a way to do something healthy for your body, for a very long time. Running builds confidence through miles and track workouts. Even those tough runs will make her a stronger and healthier person from the inside and out! I want my daughter to know that running opens doors to new friendships. Running can be a time for quiet clarity or sharing conversation with friends through the miles.
Can you relate to any of these questions? What question(s) would you ask yourself?