Lets face it. I speak a lot about my Dad in here because he and I share the same passion: running. I grew up witnessing his lifestyle as a runner and I always knew wanted to be like him. The problem was that I never knew how to start. I never even knew how to love running. It wasn’t until I move away from my country that I started to run, maybe because I felt lonely/bored I guess?
The reality is that I became a runner without even realizing it. Whenever I finally acknowledged that, there was many things I ‘ve already learned through my Dad’s experience. Now that I think about it, maybe other runners had to learn about these lessons from scratch.
– Consistency is key: This is a lesson that actually goes beyond running. However, it was the consistency in running that I witnessed from my Dad that helped me being consistent with anything in my life.
– You’re only competing with yourself on race days: Which basically mean that you’re only trying to improve yourself in the race. You’re trying to achieve a personal record at you’re own personal level.
-Trainings can go totally wrong sometimes: And that’s perfectly fine! as long as you keep being consistent with your plan. The night before long runs, my Dad used to drive around the course he had planned to hide bottles of water/sports drinks behind the bushes. One day, he went out for his long run and then realized that all of the hydration he left the night before had disappeared! He remembers that long run to be a pretty hard one to finish.
-There are good days and bad days for trainings or races: Sometimes you do everything right the day before (carb loading, hydration) but your body is not responding. Some other times you do everything wrong and your body surprisingly flies through those miles. The human body can be unpredictable sometimes, and it’s completely normal to have a bad day.
-Injuries can happen to anyone: But you recover from it and get back to run. My dad is not very prone to get injured, however he had his calf injured in the past. Even though he takes care of his body pretty well, that’s a prove that injuries can happen to anyone. I do have to admit that the idea of not being able to run for weeks or months totally freaks me out.
– Being hungry all the time is normal: I always wondered how my Dad could be so hungry all the time. There’s not much to say about this. I just basically get him now all days of my life.
– Craving sweets everyday is normal: Yup…I’m sure I get him with that one too.
I could basically go on and on with all the running lessons I’ve learned from my Dad. I can’t say much more than the fact that I’m so lucky to be familiar with these experiences before I’ve even became a runner. If nobody in your family runs and you’re basically starting to do it, then I hope this article has been helpful to you.
Do you have any runner parent/relative? If so, What have you learned from them?
What have your non-runner parents/relatives learned from you?