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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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I've been thinking about some of the advice that we give one another -- especially when you're first starting to run or
(even harder) returning to run again.
"Just take baby steps," we say.
Baby steps. Like that's easy.
Like even a baby can do it.
I think the opposite is true. Baby steps are hard. You HAVE to be as strong
and resiliant and amazing as a baby to pull this off.
Think about what a baby has to go through learning to walk.
First, everyone's watching you. There is a collective "ohhhhhh" from the crowd everytime you fall down. And
you fall down a lot. Hard. Every which way.
But babies don't know they're supposed to be daunted by
failure. They just keep getting up and trying again. They wobble. They fall. Sometimes they cry. But they
Babies are smart. They know when they need help, and they take it. They cruise around
the furniture for awhile. They hang onto your fingers with surprising strength while smiling easily and taking all the credit.
I mean, really, can you even imagine anything that we endeavor as adults that requires us to change our entire orientation
and do something that seems as physiologically impossible as balancing that big baby head upright over those tiny baby feet?
So here's my point:
When we start -- or start back -- we are, in fact, taking baby steps. If it feels
hard, relax. There's nothing wrong with you -- you're just being a baby...and that's a super-courageous and strong and
fabulous thing to be.
On your journey, you may wobble. You may not be on the same time frame as the other
baby runners. You may feel like crying sometimes.
But please, continue to be a baby. Keep trying. Let
people help you. Remain undaunted. You can do it!
Baby steps -- it's pretty good advice after all!
Many of our members joined Sole to Soul to
train for their first 1/2 marathon. Most of us never thought that running 13.1 miles was even possible when we first
started training but, together, we learned that we could do it.
Our running motto is "At Peace With My Pace." I believe
that with encouragement and support, you can cross the finish line -- still upright, smiling and ready to sign up for another
can do this, too; please email me with questions!
Founder, Sole to Soul Running
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