If anyone asks what the number 1 thing a runner needs, (obviously besides trainers and running gear) I would say, a support team. Every runner has one, and every runner needs one, as without those people who offer you support, you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere near as far as you can with them. Personally, I wouldn’t have got to any of the races I had without the support of my crazy mother driving 900 miles in one day just to ensure everyone could get to the race in time to watch me. This is involved multiple journeys, to multiple locations to ensure the whole support team was there en masse.
There is no better feeling, than hearing those you care about, and those who support you, scream at you as you push yourself to your limit. Whether they are screaming at the start line or the finish line, that screech of support is vital. It gives you an extra surge to push forward, reminding you why you love what you do, and that there are lots of people who believe in your ability.
Although you are the only person who is able to physically achieve your goals, it is the support around you that spurs you on, reminding you what you can do, believing in you, and probing you on to succeed. When you question your belief in yourself, it is your support team that remind you, you are strong and you will succeed if you put your mind and heart to it.
The people who have been there to support me, whether it’s from day 1, year 5, or, year 10 of my running journey so face, have always reminded me who I am and what I can achieve. They are a part of the major part of my life that makes me, me.
When times were tough, and I lost faith in my ability, they reminded me the only way was up; darkness couldn’t get any darker. With their strength alongside my own, I was able to pull myself up. Had I not had them to believe in, and encourage me, I wouldn’t still be in the sport today. It is their love and care that means I am!
Once you have learnt to trust the support of those around you, and realise they do believe in your ability, you will have more confidence in your own performance. If others have confidence in you, so do you! Trusting the support of those around you is just as important as trusting yourself, as you need them to to accompany you on your running journey.
I love to run and I love to write, so I write about running!