Running on Happy

“All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”

– James Thurber

June was epic. I honestly can’t think of a more fitting word to describe a month which included a world record attempt, the Billy Bland challenge, as well as my first ultramarathon?

I admit that part of me was bracing itself for a mighty wave of those “post epic running blues” (the big bully brother of the post marathon blues). However, I can only assume that he took a wrong turn somewhere along the way, because he surely hasn’t made it to my doorstep.

In truth, this relatively quiet month – in terms of running – has given me some fantastic time to reflect. And the more I think about it, the more I realise how much awesomeness running has brought into my life lately.

The places it has taken me over the past year or so have been incredible. Athens and Rome were city highlights, but much more special to me are the countless summits, remote lakes, mountain trails and coastal paths that I have travelled. This is a beautiful country, and I can think of no better way of exploring it than on foot. I always find that there is something both liberating and grounding about running in nature.

When it came to training for my first ultramarathon, each and every long run was a profound journet for me. Each run is teaching me about being patient and about giving up that which I don’t have in the first place; control. I’m learning that I can only change the here and now, and that I always have a choice. And, perhaps most importantly, running keeps reminding me that everything is temporary; which is prompting me to fully live in the good moments and accept the difficult times in equal measures. These are all amazing lessons, which are having a great impact not only on my running, but life in general.

The more I run, the more I find that the process becomes so much more important to me than any outcomes. At this point, I am not even thinking about any particular finish time I want to target in my next big race, the Cologne Marathon. I am, however, looking forward to just running it. The hunger to race it might yet come, or it might not. It really doesn’t matter. All that matter is that right now, from where I’m standing – or should I say running? – things are pretty darn good.

Finally, I have met some amazing people through running lately. Some of you have found their way into my life via this blog; you know who you are! New friendships have been forged while running my home turf, and I have met some very inspirational people through various running events and competitions – not to mention the wicked and awesome local parkrun crowd. I can’t help but notice how much richer my life is as a result of the new people who have happened to run into it. I tip my cap to all of you, and lift my glass to one of you in particular – you know who you are!

I really don’t know if I’m ever going to top June in terms of running achievements, but it doesn’t matter. I really thought that I had nothing epic to write about. But I’m a happy runner, and what better message could I possibly report on a running blog?

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Keep moving forward!

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15 thoughts on “Running on Happy

  1. Angie says:

    Nice! So true that the process is more important than the outcomes. Happy running!!

    • Thank you, Angie! The more (and longer!) I run, the more I find that I enjoy the journey so much more than the destination – I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that way!

  2. This is so beautiful! I especially agree that the PROCESS is more important than anything. It is so easy as a runner to get caught up in competitiveness, but the number at the finish line is only a small portion of the journey. Congratulations on all of your recent successes, and here’s to the journey toward the next! 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Jamie! It’s funny, isn’t it, how we can get so caught up in performances. In the end, after a race, I usually remember the sights, feelings, and people I’ve met so much more than the time on the clock!

  3. piratebobcat says:

    Enjoy your happy running! And yes, you can top this month if you want to. You always can. Great post!

    • Thanks for your kind words. I am not trying to top this month per se, but I have a feeling that good, great, wicked awesome times lie ahead. 😀 See you in Boston? 😉

  4. Jim Brennan says:

    This post is why I can’t not follow you, Fullmoonrunner! (can’t not?) Not only are the summits, lakes, mountain trails and coastal paths life-changing, but yes, they teach us how to live. It’s those long runs in the outdoors which teach us the only thing we can control is ourselves. Keep it coming, and keep on running!

    • Jim! It’s humbling to hear these words from such an accomplished runner and writer such as yourself! I am pretty wet behind the ears still, but I can’t deny that running is teaching me a lot about life. Long may the journey continue! Keep moving forwards – we have an ultra to run together! 😀

  5. Trails and Ultras says:

    And this is why I don’t need to blog much…because you say all the words and better 🙂

  6. While I am delighted that you agree with my ramblings, I’d hate to think that I deter you from blogging! I miss your blog… But here’s to hoping that you’re just too busy having fun running in awesome places to blog about it. 😉 Let’s catch up soon – we have some running to do together!

  7. Great post. Your love of running really comes through.
    It was great to meet you earlier this year and I, too, have been enjoying the new friendships forged through running. Here’s to many more to come 🙂

  8. Jim Brennan says:

    Hey, Fullmoonrunner, just wanted to let you know I gave you a shout-out on Rite2Run this morning. Be well, and Run for Katie!

    • Oh, thank you so much! I am just back from my virtual run for Katie this evening – one of my favourite local fell routes. I always find it humbling to be able to run for those who no longer can. Running is a gift!

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