Monday, January 6, 2014

Room For Improvement

I run......often.

It never seems easy until I start.

I've learned some tactics from other runners, but ultimately I have to go out there and do it.

Friday I ran with a friend. It was one of the longer runs I had done in a while, yet very enjoyable. In this age of social media, I use Nike + to keep track of most of my runs (I use Runkeeper when I'm on the treadmill or elliptical). So now Nike + takes it upon itself to do goal setting for me and today my goal was to run 3.75 miles.

Once given a goal - I have to reach it. So today though I intended to only run 3 miles I ran 3.77 miles so that I could meet a goal that I did not set. Nike+ is just an app that has no power over me, but because as a runner I recognized the benefits of running further, I accepted the goal.  I didn't have to, but I did.

As I did this, I thought there is always room for improvement.

I can:
Run faster
      Run farther
  Conquer hills
      Breathe better.

Just as in running, in my life there is always room for improvement:
I can speak softer
      Be more positive
   Conquer a bad attitude
        Change my perspective

Nike + set the goal for me, but sometimes it can be a friend or even something you've read. It may be a one liner you saw, or just the last fragments of a conversation. For me it also has a spiritual connotation, as the Bible provides guidelines (goals) for living.

There's always room for improvement - you are better than you were yesterday, as you keep changing in to the person you are supposed to be.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, 
14 I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-13 NIV

Are you improving? Is it hard for you?


  1. Improvement IS hard, but in the last two weeks, I've stay committed to my commitments (make sense?) and starting to see better results.

  2. I am constantly improving, trying to see areas in my personality and my life that I can get better. It's an ongoing thing for me and I think constantly working on myself has helped me become a better person.

  3. That is awesome!!! Running is really hard. I mostly do it on the treadmill since it's lower impact for my old knees. Good for you that you pushed yourself. It feels good to do that.


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