As an athlete I think it’s customary to want more out of yourself. For me, it’s running faster and more efficient. I train so that with each race that I run my speed increases and my finishing time decreases. If I don’t catch myself, running becomes a very selfish leisure activity for me.
Like a Christian that’s aiming to be better most of the time, I hold on to the quote “Everyday is a day of Thanksgiving!” However sometimes I forget. Those days I set out to run 9 miles and I’m gassed out at 5, I get disappointed in myself. When I get injured, I get upset. In moments I get frustrated with my performance I have to give myself a heart check and remember that just having the ability to walk on my own is a blessing. In the world of athletics, it’s so easy to take basic motor skills for granted.
I don’t want this blog post to turn into a little-kids-are-thirsty-in-Africa-so-don’t-waste-water type of message. But to all of my athletes out there, I want you to take a moment to reflect on how much of a blessing and honor it is to participate in the sport you participate in. No matter what level you compete or leisurely participate.
I believe health is a gift. Not a reward. But a gift. And if you’re healthy you should find a way to use this gift to benefit others.
I’d like to raise a question:
Are you thankful for your health?
If so, how can you utilize your health (or skills & knowledge related to health) to help others?
Men, you’re free to respond too. On that note may everyone who read this have a fabulous Thanksgiving Day. By the way, Alexandria and I are running in the Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot with friends and family. Be on the look out for pics! I’m so excited!
Love, Peace, and Sweat,
Monisha Randolph is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach specializing in running clinics and training programs for beginner runners. She’s also the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha please visit www.runnersrevelations.com. Follow her on Twitter @RunRevelations and join the Runner’s Revelations Fan Community on Facebook.