A Runner’s Alphabet—K Is for Kindness
is for kindness.
I drive myself pretty hard when I’m in a race or on a long run, especially toward the end. I don’t imagine I’ll ever win any race unless they have an award for slowest in age group! I don’t care—digging deep to find out what I’m really made of is the big draw for me.
But I’m not talking about what we do during a race—it’s after a race or a long run that I’m concerned with.
How kind are you to yourself? I don’t mean just physically kind—having a good stretch, a nice hot shower, your favorite recovery foods, and a good nap, in your favorite order. I don’t think you can be truly kind to your body unless you’re also kind to your mind and spirit.
This means not judging or criticizing yourself—at least not right away. But if you can assess yourself with kindness, you’ll be doing yourself a world of favors. What’s more, the kinder you are to yourself, the kinder you’ll want to be—and can be—to others.
Kindness is like the icing on a cake—it tastes better when it’s spread around than if it’s sitting in a big, inedible blob.
K can stand for a lot of other things: kinetic, kiss, keen, knowledge, and of course, kittens! I encourage you to explore your own ideas.
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