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Be Your Own Cheerleader

I recently listened to a podcast with Mel Robbins where she talked about how bad we are at celebrating ourselves. We will cheer on friends, family, and colleagues. Especially as women, never cheer ourselves on. If we do, we feel like we're bragging, judging, or just a plain bitch.


I’ve been talking to number of runners lately, congratulating them on finishing a marathon or half marathon and they respond with, “thanks. It was just a fun one” or “it wasn’t what I wanted but thanks.” Something along those lines. There's always a thanks. and 90% of the time, it's followed by a "but".


And while that may be true, you may not have had the race you want, (I know I certainly have had races that didn't go my way and I didn't want to share paces or times or really the recap), I want you to remember that only around 1% of the U.S. population has ever run a half or a full marathon! It's a big deal to finish a half or full marathon, like, it's huge.


It’s so easy to get into the comparison cycle, especially with race times and their easy access and in your face of it on social media. It’s so easy to get frustrated with yourself when workouts or races don’t go your way. But at the end of the day, you’re doing something AWESOME for yourself and you should be dang proud of it! It's OK to celebrate, in fact, you should!


Post that #medalmonday or #racerecap with pride. You worked really hard for something and you're allowed to be proud of it.


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