I used to run. I trained for a marathon and got to eighteen miles. Then my hip went into spasms. I couldn’t run without being in extreme pain. So I stopped. Now, when I see a runner I think, ‘wow that is so cool.’ My hubby and eldest daughter have both run marathons. My daughter still runs regularly and she loves it.
Now I hear the upside and the downside of running. It’s wonderful for your bones—it’s terrible on your joints! There are always two sides to every story. If you have enjoyed running in the past maybe today is a day you will start again. I once asked a runner how he got started and he said, “I hated running. I was a team player and I loved basketball and team games. But as I travelled a lot I had to find a sport I could do alone. I came up with running—I can run anywhere, any time. So I started running, even though I hated it. And I kept asking myself, ‘what would a runner do?’ When I went to eat I would ask myself, ‘what would a runner eat?’ When I felt depressed about running, I asked myself, ‘what would a runner do?’ Then one day I realized, I love running. Now I call myself a runner.”
I still don’t run. I go workout, I walk, and swim. But I love the mentality of a runner. They keep on doing it even when they don’t feel like it. I’ve seen runners in ice and snow still putting one foot in front of the other and breathing one breath after another.
Today my friend find your running mind. What is it that you can do that will stimulate a runners mind? What can you do that will give you the endurance, persistence and patience that a runner uses? If you go for a walk, put a little more spring in your step. If you normally walk one mile, walk a little further today. If you swim, go one more lap. And ask yourself, “What would a runner do?” Because you can be sure of one thing—having the mind of a runner will give you what it takes to kick depression out of sight and out of mind.