The Hard Is What Makes It Great

One day you won’t be able to push as hard as you can today. One day your body might betray you and make it impossible for you to run again. One day you might look back on today and wish you would’ve gone out for a run, ran a little faster, worked a little harder, tried that new class, started doing yoga. I know, it’s hard. Testing your limits is scary. And absolutely necessary.

It’s hard to make time for yourself. It’s hard to say no to going out with friends. It’s hard to get up early. It’s hard to run up hills. It’s hard to complete a marathon. It’s hard to run. It’s hard to go one more mile. It’s hard to work out in the heat. It’s hard to go to the gym when it’s snowing outside. It’s hard to hold yoga poses. It’s hard to max out. It’s hard to do a pull-up.

The hard is what makes it great.

If it’s hard and scary and you think you’ll probably fail if you try, you should probably be doing it. More than once. Until it’s not so hard anymore or until you overcome the fear of trying it again. You can do this.

You only have today, no guarantees for tomorrow. What are you going to do to make today count? Go out and run, of course!

6 thoughts on “The Hard Is What Makes It Great

  1. I. LOVE. THIS.
    I live by that rule: if there is something that I find too hard or outside my comfort zone that is a true indicator that it is something I need to be doing.
    As we age and life changes, our edges will change. I believe we will grow in so many ways, and that by digging deep and pushing through the “tough stuff” we will gain strength physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Running and yoga are wonderful ways to go to those edges ad I am truly so grateful to be able to engage my body and mind in both practices now and hope I will be able to continue to do that throughout the rest of my life.
    Great post as always, thank you!!

  2. LOVE IT! My thoughts exactly!! New things are scary but I think it’s really important to try it because you’ll never know how successful you can be until you try it. I used to hate trying yoga because I had NO balance- now I like to do it occasionally and my balance has improved tremendously. I used to be afraid to lift heavy weights with fear of looking like the Hulk- but now I LOVE lifting heavy weights because it makes me work hard. Plus- I love them muscles!!! Great post 🙂

    • Hooray for finding balance (anywhere you can get it!) and muscles! (a actually wrote “musicals” instead of “muscles” at first…hooray for musicals, too!)

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