This running thing is about more than our weekly runs or even getting medals. It’s obvious that some of us may be running for physical reasons, but what about the mental or emotional aspects?
Everyone has a story and a “why”. If you’ve been running with us for a while, you may know that some of our friends like @daddydarkrdc, @alisonmdesir, and @teambrkthru all have stories about how they’ve raised awareness related to mental health. But, their stories don’t stop with the tragedies or obstacles that have come across their paths. All of them have used running in a way that helps to connect with people at their core. They’ve all helped others to keep going, even when the going gets tough.
Distance running is about perseverance. It’s a battle between your mind and your feet. It’s about the will to keep pushing even when you don’t know how you’re going to make it. That’s life, as well. There are going to be things that will be placed in your path, and you’re going to be tested. Do you stop running when it hurts, or do you run through the pain?
Although they may be smiling on the outside, a fellow runner could be fighting like hell to survive each and every minute of their day. Make sure to be kind. You never know what someone is going through. Your presence and a positive word of encouragement could literally be the reason they choose to hang on.
Sometimes, all you can do is put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. One day you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come.
Note: We understand that running can be good for mental health. However, we also know that it is important to consult a professional for assistance if needed. If you ever feel like you need help regarding your mental health, DRC would like to encourage you to reach out to someone who is licensed/certified to help you deal with the battle you may be fighting.