Humble Running

Humble Running was some sort of cathartic declaration I made back in 2009, in my running journal.  It was a couple years after I first started realizing I could run longer distances.  I’ll never forget the first time that I ran from my house, out to school, and back.  It was 12 something miles and I may have lived off that high for several months.  That’s when I started to believe in the possibilities of running my first 1/2 marathon, which was Mason City in 2011.  I had been bitten by the distance bug and in 2014 signed up for Grandma’s Marathon to try and qualify for Boston.

Picture of a sunrise coming out the front door of the house I lived in at the time.

Humble Running

by Corrie Enyart on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 10:00pm

I read an article today that hit home. In it was an interview of a very famous man in the mountain running world. Who said that he doesn’t measure his running success by miles or minutes or a clock. He just goes until he can’t go anymore and doesn’t race for glory or fame. That would be too greedy and self-absorbed. He doesn’t buy all the latest greatest gadgets or shoes. He finds a pair that fits him and then buys the store out. He doesn’t obsess with all the Power Bars and Energy Gels. He eats what’s available and doesn’t spend a whole lot of money on something that’s not going to be there tomorrow. I’ve often asked myself , Why do I run? I know I run because it makes me feel better and I feel like I’m a better me when I do. I run to meditate. I run to escape responsibility and feel free. I run to maintain good health and be able to keep up with my kids and someday their kids. I run because when I don’t, I feel like every aspect of my life is off. Running regulates me and fulfills me and makes me content. I fear the day that may come that I won’t be able to run. And running won’t become a choice anymore. I run for strength; physically, spiritually, mentally, metaphorically. To run is part of who I am!

When Did You Start Believing?

Distance running is all relative right?  Like the first time, you run a 5k and you never thought you’d be able to run that far.  As gluttons for goal setting, runners like to up the anty after each goal is attained, myself included.  It’s like the possibilities become infinite and you ask yourself to what limits you can get to.

I’m not one of those (yet) that has ventured into the Ultra-marathoning realm, but I can’t say that my mind hasn’t questioned what the next step is after the marathon and after qualifying for my last marathon bucket list, which is New York City Marathon.   But had you asked me 10 years ago if I’d have ever thought I’d run a marathon or qualify for Boston, I would’ve laughed in your face.

Something us coaches have to remind our athletes all the time is that, “you’re stronger than you realize”.  It seems like if you can just get someone to believe in their capabilities or tenacity to go after a goal, then the sky is the limit.

I assume if you’re reading this blog post, then you currently consider yourself a runner, have contemplated running at some point, or already have a string of hardware at home from races you’ve completed.  Can you think back to when you first were “bitten” by the running bug?  Can you remember the elation and euphoria you felt when you completed your first race?  We have to remind ourselves once in a while where we came from and how we got to the point we’re at now.  It’s humbling, yet empowering!  If you can remember when you started ‘believing’ then you can use that as fuel to drive your confidence in what you can accomplish.

Happy Hump Day Runners!  Feels like a Journey song should be cued….”Don’t Stop Believing!”