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I’m not “a runner.” I don’t get up at 5:00 am five times a week to hit the pavement. And I never expected to add long-distance races to my repertoire. But, it all started in my mid-twenties when I rescued my first dog. She was a seven-year-old Vizsla with tons of energy. We started running together a little bit every night after I’d returned from work. Yet, here I am: 40-years-old, a nine-year-old son, countless races, a divorce, and my second rescue Vizsla later…still running.

What started out as a “chore” has become a habit. I have gained so much from my commitment to running, besides doing 5k and half-marathon races. I’ve thought a lot about why I run. Here are the top three reasons for me:

Tip 1: Identify Your Inner Critic

We all have that inner critic, that voice that runs in our head and tells us lies about ourselves. It creates a phony story about who we are and who we are not. Close your eyes, find that Inner Critical Voice. It should not be hard. If that voice had a name what would it be? If that voice had a face what would it look like? Does that voice have an origin from your childhood? You must identify this voice, and become familiar with its language.

Sometimes we just need to get away, right? How many times have you fanaticized about just getting away to a different place, a new space, another place and time? Maybe you could leave everything behind for just a little while.

Have you ever been told that you’re “too quiet?”
Have you been asked to “speak up” throughout your life?
Have you been called “meek” or been told that you “have no impact” when you speak?