Proverbs 1:7 NIV
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
How does this little verse apply to running? Easy. Fools despise instruction. The surest and quickest way to injury is to speed ahead in training without regard to wisdom and instruction. There’s much to be learned. And you never stop learing.
*The wise (wo)man knows (s)he knows nothing.*
Anytime someone wiser or has a longer history with running offers you advice or a little wisdom gem, LISTEN! Not the ‘oh I already knew that’ (I admit…I’ve totally been guilty of this) kind of listen but honestly open your ears and mind. You can read something out of a book or magazine over and over again and you may not fully grasp the context until the 15th read over. Never be so “full” of information you think you’ve got it all covered. Because I guarantee you don’t. And you won’t. Ever. But that’s the beauty of life. It is a journey.
*TIP: Try to hook yourself up with a local running club. It’s free (as far as I know here anyway) and it’s a great way to connect with other runners from all runs of life. You don’t have to be elite or pro athlete to join. I’ve learned so much from our local club. Why not check out RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) and search for one near you. There were three close to my hometown, including one within. We’ve even got a women’s running club! I love that one paticularly.
So don’t be afraid to go out and learn something new. Life is full of challenges. But you don’t have to go at it alone. You know, I’ve never met a rude runner. They’re almost always more than willing to help someone along the way.
Happy (&blessed) running!