Rookie Rule #21

Be Patient.

pa·tience [pey-shuhns]; noun

1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.

2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.


The world we live in has conditioned us for instant gratification. We want results now. We hate waiting. And this mindset can easily seep into how we view our running and our training. - I need to file a missing persons report for my patience.

Notice I’m using the word “we” here because although I no longer consider myself a newbie runner, I still struggle with this every time I start training for a new race. I want to run faster and longer IMMEDIATELY. Why is 3 miles soooo difficult when months ago, I was running 10, 12, 14 like it was nothing?!? I want to be comfortable at those speeds/distances NOOOWWW!!!

But eventually, reason seeps back in. If you put in the work, you will get there. You have to be patient and trust in your training.

Whether you’re trying to go from walking to running, training for your first 5K or ramping up mileage for your first marathon, the advice is the same. It takes time to get there, and patience is a virtue all runners need. — Mags



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