Since the Rock and Roll Savannah marathon, I have felt extremely down on myself. Well, honestly, even before then I started feeling it. All of this "marathon-mania" has been really overwhelming with positive and negative emotions.
I was inspired to write a post immediately following my marathon about how I feel like I have literally 0% natural aptitude for running. Why do I think this? Because I feel like I have to seemingly work harder than other runners to only be half as good. Every single step I run, I feel as though I have to earn.
But now, the day before Thanksgiving, I write with a change of heart. I realize I am a little more adept than I give myself credit for. You see, I looked at myself and my attitude today, and reflected on everything I've been feeling lately. This change of heart occurred after watching this video today. This video is about a girl who is running while she can. Suffering from MS, she pushes through each and every run, just to enjoy her abilities while she can do what she loves, and I think that's amazing.
So now, I have to give myself credit for the fact that I have some natural aptitude for running. First of all, I have 2 completely willing and able legs. Each leg should count for at least 25% aptitude right? Right! So this means 2 legs x 25% aptitude = 50% aptitude right off the bat! Also, the fact that I have no medical conditions that completely PREVENT me from running, so that's easily an additional 25%, right? Right! So that just leaves 25% that I'm missing. That remaining 25%, I believe is a positive attitude. This is something that I am currently lacking, but it's something that I can work on and improve. This means that ultimately I have 75% aptitude for running that I never even realized that I had!
Thanksgiving is a time traditionally used to give thanks for all the great things in life. For me, that includes my family, my supportive husband, and all the things that I have (wants AND needs). But this year, I feel like the need to give thanks for a few extra things. I am incredibly thankful for my physical health, despite my minor issues. I am extremely thankful for my 2 wonderful legs that allow me to run. I am amazingly thankful for all the people in my life who have supported me in this crazy running adventure that I have embarked upon. Last but not least, I am thankful for my 75% natural aptitude for running, even though it doesn't seem like it sometimes. I am challenging myself this Thanksgiving to be truly thankful and to count my blessings. And I hope that you will count yours, too. :)