There you are the last .1 of the race, you speed up and start looking along the sides of the chute for someone, anyone, who is there to cheer for YOU. Sometimes there isn't anyone there. Thankfully, as runners, we can count on the fact that there will be at least one other runner to high 5 and make us feel good for a split second. The next step is to dig out the cell phone and call someone who knows us, who couldn't be there, to let them know that we finished. I am lucky to say that I have a great support system. I have my family, my running team and my fellow RunJunkEes.
I understand that not everyone feels like they have a person or group of people they can rely on to understand the journey. Instead of listing every person who I have and thanking them, I would rather focus on how I am learning to be my own support group.
I have spent a long time trying to please the people around me. I want to be liked by people, accepted by people but in that, I have forgotten how to make sure I accept myself. I have people who come to races with me and help me train and tell me how proud they are of me. It doesn't mean as much as it does when I do something that surprises me. I live in a world where I don't see the changes other people see, I easily forget the successes I have almost as quickly as they happen. I am learning to be proud of me, to revel in the moment for a little longer and to accept that I did that!
For those of you out there who feel as though they don't have a support group. Join me in celebrating ourselves. If we can start being proud of what we are doing, the other people out there will just be the icing on the cake. My biggest cheerleader, my biggest fan should be me. I should be the one pushing me because I am the one who wants this. I am the one who decided to make this my journey. If someone else hops on my bandwagon then that is awesome but I need to be better to me. I hope some of you out there who feel like you have noone, remember that you are worth it and you have fellow RunJunkEes waiting to hop on your bandwagon. Your first support group should be yourself and when you are ready, we will be here waiting at the end of the chute to high 5 you :)
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