The prompt for this week’s edition of this wonderful new linkup is: “What were your favorite gifts you received over the holidays?” I already touched on that, so I’m shifting it slightly
- Extending my comfort zone. I’m not going to say the world outside my comfort zone as I hit that at 21 when I moved to Japan without knowing a soul. But while I knew I could walk long distances and loved it, running has taught me about my inner strength. I can do so much more than I ever imagined. It seems like each race, or even each training week I’m learning something new about myself.
- Self confidence. because I’ve seen that I can do things, I have confidence to try bigger, better, more. I was a few weeks out from my first 5K when I went for a 10K at a friend’s encouragement. It was less than a year after starting to run and before I’d even run a 15K that I signed up for my first Half Marathon.
- Amazing people. As I mentioned, I’m not the best with big groups but I love the community in the various LinkUps. So much good advice, so many wonderful people. This year alone I was lucky to meet Darlene, Liz and Judy and I hope to meet more of you in 2019. It has also introduced me to new people “live”. A new colleague was wearing a Boston fleece during a work happy hour and while we’re not so big that I wouldn’t have met him eventually, it gave us something to talk about. And now we have an office run group. I went to a beginners’ running Meetup and while that group went the way of many Meetups, I’m still in touch with one of the people I met who has come to be a good friend.
- Body confidence is a beautiful thing. From finally racing in shorts to realizing the magic of SkirtSports. Running has changed who I am, but also how I see myself. It seems superficial, but in so many ways it is the best gift. Coral shoes, pink skirt. Why not?!
What gifts did running give you?
What gifts did you get or give yourself over the holidays?