Firstly, I assure you this isn’t a blog about how we should ‘remain’ in Europe – those days are done – I think! That’s a whole blog by itself, which I dare not tackle.
Today I signed up for the Colchester Half Marathon 2018, hurrah! I was very excited to sign up, although I’ve been meaning to do it for ages. Before I write anything else, I need to add that I am not an athletics expert or a picture of fitness. I managed to convince my legs to run a half marathon last year, somehow and did it all in a reasonably decent time.
I loved running it last year, the truth was for days running up to it, I was struggling with injury which just got worse with running. For the days leading up to it, I contemplated having to pull out. The week before I went running with a friend with the aim of doing 10 miles, but I did about 2 and stopped injured. Somehow, I pushed on with it and I’m so pleased I did. I found running the half marathon much easier than I thought – and I know why. Every time I went for a run by myself, I rarely hit the distance I aimed for, yet with the streets lined with supporters and other runners around you, things are different. Its because doing things together is so much easier than doing things alone. The pain of running a few miles alone, the physical exertion, the motivation – I struggled with, yet when it came to it, the physical pain was put to the back of my mind, the motivation was high, the result was great.
Isn’t this just a small example of how important it is to do ‘life’ together? Trying not to run the race alone but instead with other people. Even though sometimes it may not seem it, the streets are (hypothetically) lined with people cheering us on. Perhaps in reading this blog tonight, you can take a moment to be thankful for people in your life who ‘line your street’. Sometimes we can whizz by them on the journey, but we recognise we heard them cheer just loud enough to keep our motivation strong. And what about our role? Whose ‘street’ are we lining? Who are we cheering on?
I’m looking forward to running in 2018, I might be doing a few practice runs alone, but I know when it comes to it, I can do a great job – because I’m not alone, the streets are lined with supporters, some I haven’t even met. Who’s life can you cheer on tomorrow in the course of your day? What an exciting thought- we can help people make it in life.