Friday, February 21, 2014

Happy is a Choice:
You Can Do Hard Things

One of the best parts about being a "grown-up" is that I can invite my friends over and don't have to ask Mom first.  With that being said, let me introduce you to my beautiful running pal, Brittany.  I invited her over today because, well, admit it: she's got better hair than I do.  Probably than you do, too.



Hey Not Before My Tea fans! I know you probably are wondering where your hilarious running friend Nicole is, and I'll tell you where. She's hanging at my blog today, and surely making my readers laugh and wish they could compare running to anything and everything under the sun, like George Washington.

If you're dying to know who I am, my name is Brittany and I blog at Happy Is A Choice. I blog there about the things that bring me joy, and running is one of those things. Coffee is a close second. Tea is nice Nicole, but coffee is the liquid that keeps me functioning day by day.


I recently married my husband Ronnie, and work full time in Human Resources. My dream job is one where I can work from the comfort of my own bed in my yoga pants and I'm believing that job is right around the corner.


I don't know if you're a runner, but if you are, can we talk for a minute about how terrible running hills are? I recently did a hill workout with a girlfriend, and literally thought I was dying. It had over a year a while since I did any sort of hill workout, so this monster 1.5 mile steep, long, terrible hill had me wishing I was doing anything besides running at that time. Hills are interesting, aren't they? I knew I had the strength, the physical capability, the endurance to get up and over that hill, but I think hills are a mental challenge more than they're a physical challenge.



Looking at something looming ahead of you that you know is going to be hard and painful is a daunting task. Its daunting in running and its daunting in life. I have faced my own hills, including a diagnosis with Rheumatoid Arthrits is 2012. What is your hill? A big move, a career change, a new baby, relationship trials, a scary diagnosis, or something else?  Whatever your hill is, however big or small it is, it is significant. We all have our own storms, and our own hills.

How do we get up and over a hill? In running and in life, we start by relaxing. Take a deep breath. Do not panic. Panic, stress, anxiety, worry, they are no friends of ours. Don't waste energy on dread and fear. Start where you are at. Put one foot in front of the other. Do not lose heart, just keep moving. Don't compare yourself, your journey, your hill to your friends or coworkers or sisters or fellow bloggers. Keep your eyes on getting through your own hill.

The thing I can tell you about each time I run up a hill, each time I face a trial in my life that stretches me and tests my perseverance, theres always the comfort that on the other side, you get to go down. Your efforts are never in vain. Each hill repeat I run not only strengthens my body, it strengthens my mind and shows me what I really am capable of.


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