If you are going to try cross-country start with a small country. I love that phrase because it applies to both running and gardening, two activities I enjoy. It’s actually well “rooted” and well “footed” advice for those getting started. I believe when you take up running you slowly but surely develop a love for it as you increase distances and improve your time.
Suddenly that day comes when you find yourself addicted to finding time to go for a run. The same applies to gardening. After a long winter I find some people decide to go all out on gardening and landscaping biting off more than they can chew. When the summer heat and weeds arrive their passion wanes. Approaching both passions in bite size pieces you learn as you “grow” and understand your rewards come from approaching it as a marathon and not a sprint.
Spring is a wonderful season. A call to “spring” into action after a long winter. The earth comes to life and we get outdoors for fresh air, sunshine and physical activities. For those who have never run the Fifth Third River Bank Run, now in its 35th year, I suggest you try it. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. I’ve found that is true for running, for gardening and for life in general.
With gardening I was always taught that if you haven’t killed a plant you’re not trying hard enough. Those who claim to have a “brown thumb” I always encourage to stay in the game. When it comes to running train properly and be prepared. Stay in the game understanding there will be good days and there will be bad days. That’s OK……that’s life. Runners like to say “time wounds all heels”. The rewards come from challenging yourself. Just do it smart…..in bite size pieces. Start with a 5K or a 10K race.
Whatever the event at the Fifth Third River Bank Run, you’ll feel the adrenaline rush surrounded by a multitude of other runners at the start line and the personal satisfaction of crossing the finish line. And with gardening, don’t expect to master Hydrangeas, Gardenias and Orchids until you’ve dabbled with a few Tomato and Pepper plants. Whatever you do just don’t throw in the “trowel.” Stay in the game and spring into action.