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What Runners Do: Courage and Encourage

wise running logo 7_25_12Running takes courage.

  • It takes a lot of courage to look in the mirror and decide you need to change.
  • It takes a lot of courage to take the first step.
  • It takes a lot of courage to run out where everyone can see you struggle.
  • It takes a lot of courage to step out of your comfort zone and set a high goal.
  • It takes a lot of courage to face tough speedwork.
  • It takes a lot of courage to choose to run up a steep hill on purpose.
  • It takes a lot of courage to run that extra mile to run a distance you never imagined you could run.
  • It takes courage to register for a race.
  • It takes courage to pin that numbered bib on your shirt and step up to the start line.
  • It takes courage to finish when you do not believe you have the strength.
  • It takes a lot of courage to decide to walk when your pride says to run.
  • It takes a lot of courage to choose a DNF because you do not want to make your injury worse.

Courage is what we runners do.  It is who we are.  Courage defines us.  Courage makes us stronger.  Courage molds us into a new and better person.

Runners know this about courage.  Hence, when we see a racing 1potential runner or a fellow runner that is having doubts, we encourage.

  • We encourage our friends to run because we know what it will do for them.
  • We encourage our friends to run a little farther, a little faster.
  • We encourage our friends when they are injured and let them know that resting is smart and that they will run again soon.
  • We encourage those that are struggling, on the run or in life.
  • We encourage newer and/or younger runners & become their mentors for a while.
  • We encourage others with our presence.
  • We encourage others by sharing our struggles and our successes.

Encouragement is what we runners do.  It is who we are.  Encouragement defines us.

Remember This:

Courage without encouragement will fade. 
Inspire and encourage future and fellow runners. 
I promise that the running community will
pay back what you gave and much more.

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Train wisely, eat well, & enjoy the run!

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The Gift of Running,by P. Mark Taylor, is available in both paperback & e-book

Paperback Version – Amazon.com $9.00

Ebook Version – Kindle Store $2.99

Ebook Version for Nook $2.99

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Happy Dance! Mutual Encouragement & The Gift of Running

When I visited the www.DailyMile.com this morning to log the 15.3 miles I had just run, I saw that I had a message waiting for me.  Here is what Kim had to tell me:

“Hey just wanted to say thanks for publishing a great book! Your words gave me enough courage to sign up for my 1st race and I ended up having a great time!! Thanks again!”

My first reaction was. “How cool is that!  The book had the intended effect on at least one person!”  My second thought was about Kim.  Today she needs to hear one more message from me to reinforce what she learned from my book.

I replied to her message with this:

“Awesome! Glad you had a great time. Runners rock! …and you are a runner. 🙂 ”

This whole interaction is an example of what I say in the book about the community of runners.  It is less about competition with each other and more about mutual encouragement.  The competition is with yourself, to be the best that you can be.

Kim is rocking the run.  She learned that racing is a fun thing because runners rock.

Then, Kim decided to send a letter of thanks and encouragement to me.  I returned the favor because (1) she rocks & (2) she needs to know it.

I fell in love with running a long time ago, but I have since learned to love and appreciate runners just as much as the running.  […which is a pretty big deal because I’m very introverted…]

To Kim I send out a big “Thank you!”  You certainly made my day.  You are why I do this blog and write books about running.

To all of you runners out there.  You rock too.
I look forward to meeting you some day.  🙂

Train hard, race easy, & enjoy the run.
P. Mark Taylor

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The Gift of Running is now available in both paperback & e-book

Paperback Version – Amazon.com

Ebook Version – Kindle Store

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