Monisha's Minute: Be Thankful People! (Including Me)

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 R.

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 Follow her on Twitter @RunRevelations and join the Runner’s Revelations Fan Community on Facebook.


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  • Monisha says:

    From Susan Richards via Facebook…
    Its a process and it evolves over time… for me Doing it… Running races, it is the cake… When everything comes together for a PR its a bit of extra icing. Now I won’t pretend that I don’t love a PR race… I think we all do… But I have gotten far more out of so many of the “other” races… Injured or ill and struggling to finish, actually finishing a half just 9 weeks after a huge surgery, getting my attitude adjusted in the back of the pack on a slow day (a particular race where I was incredibly frustrated and having quite the internal pity party and met a gal with an inspirational and humbling story…lets just say my attitude changed immediately!), just being part of the running community… Awesome. If we choose to pay attention, every run, every race teaches us something… And speed or distance is not necessarily the measure of “better” for me… I think I’m now at a place where I can be thankful for where I am… I may get faster, or not (in slow mode right now)… I may take up tris… But I will continue to run, be a part of a wonderful community, strive to be as healthy as I can be (the real goal for me… Too much running is bad for my damaged pelvis and its actually amazing that I can and do run!) and I want to give back to the running community… It’s definitely evolved and I may get a speed bug up my but again but for now I’m good…

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