Being A Runner – What makes you better?

Trying to keep up with the Jones…  We are all searching for that little something extra.  That something magical to shave a few seconds off our personal record.  A little extra edge to make that mountain climb a little less tasking on our legs.  That extra zing in our lungs to finally take home the age group award.  We strive to be a better runner.

(Light 2 Light 50-mile Endurance Run and taking pictures with friends makes me a better runner….)

But what is it that makes you a better runner?

Is it the shoes?  Sure, a lot on money has been spent on developing the latest high-tech innovation, but as flashy as a new pair of kicks may be.  Will new shoes really make you jump higher, run faster or laydown those long run miles with less bonk and more victory?

Is it the watch?  I love all the “run” data that is available today.  At our fingertips is more than a timepiece, we can map our routes, record our pace, and log our segments.  Does all that wealth of information help to improve the run experience?  We can find out a lot about our performance as a runner, but does it make the beauty of the solo run any more breathtaking?

Is it the hot new outfits?  All the cool colors, flashy prints, and corporate logos help to make me feel like part of the “in” crowd or the A-list.  I may feel the part.  I may look the part, but does wearing that latest shirts, shorts or leggings make the run any more performance building?

What makes you a better runner? Improved form?  New levels of fitness?

For me, it’s my attitude.

When I run for the pure pleasure of feeling my body moving, I run better.

When I run to get lost in nature, the miles have more purpose.

When I run to bring someone along on my adventure, the experience means more.

When I get outside to celebrate life, a life I’m blessed to be able to move under my own power, I move easier.

(Running the Cape Fear 24-hour Endurance Run with Wendy and #BradStrong)

When I run for someone who can’t.  I enjoy life just a little bit more.

What makes you a better runner…not faster, not more accomplished or able to run longer.  Share with us, what makes you a better runner?

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