My very wise 11 year old nephew said something so thought provoking on our Thanksgiving Zoom call that really resonated with me. He said, “feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift for someone and never giving it”. I’ve been thinking about this analogy ever since. On a recent solo run, I began to focus on expressing my gratitude for running and the running community. I am sharing some of the uplifting ways for runners to practice gratitude for the sport they love.
- Uplifting Ways For Runners To Practice Gratitude
- Physical gratitude for your body
- Appreciate the fresh air
- Gratitude for running friends and community
- “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it”
- **Program note- A few us plan to share our year in running 2020 next Wednesday. Feel free to join in if you wish**
- Thanks for helping to make the Runners’ Roundup a huge success by visiting all of the hosts: Laura, Me, Debbie, Jen, Lisa
Uplifting Ways For Runners To Practice Gratitude
2020 has sure been a doozy! This year has given me so many opportunities to be thankful and grateful. Looking to find some uplifting ways to practice gratitude for running? Try a few of these uplifting prompts on your next run.
Physical gratitude for your body
Thank your body for the gift of physical strength it gives you to run. Think about how you feel with each step you take and how that empowers you in others area of your life. Be mindful of how your feet propel you to explore new places and view beautiful scenery. Become of aware of the rhythmic beating of your heart and what that means to you.
Appreciate the fresh air
Opting outside and breathing in fresh air is something many of us might have taken for granted in the past. Running offers us an opportunity to take advantage of filling our lungs with fresh air. Be mindful of how that fresh air travels through you and how that makes you feel.
Enjoy the mental escape
Running so often provides a temporary. mental escape from work, family and the world as a whole. Something we all can be grateful for this year.
Gratitude for running friends and community
While we may not have been able to physically run together this year, the running community has continued to be a source of support for many of us. Perhaps send a message to a running friend and share how they have helped you get through a rough day and a rough year. Reflect on how you may have helped a fellow running friend. Sometimes that virtual high five or nod from a stranger out on the trail can make someone’s day.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it”
Thanks for helping to make the Runners’ Roundup a huge success by visiting all of the hosts: Laura, Me, Debbie, Jen, Lisa