Yeah, we know running has more to do with perseverance and grit, or sometimes just getting out of the house and taking those first few steps. But even if you’re a master of motivation and self-discipline, there’s life, injury, illness, or other issues and distractions that can keep you from getting in those miles. We’ve all been there. And when you’re in that groove, your playlist hits that perfect song, and the breeze is at your back… you know you’re lucky to be a runner.
This year’s class of Novant Heath Charlotte Marathon Ambassadors is one lucky group, too. Arguably, this Team sure have the right perspective on their running.
I’m lucky to be a runner because injury took it away from me for 3 months. It’s a gift being able to head out the door with just your legs to carry you, no matter how much “better” I wish it was, it’s better than not being able to run at all. Too many people take it for granted. @CLTNATIVEAGAIN
As a runner, I see our city from a different perspective (literally). Being on foot, I get to see a lot of the little things that can go unnoticed as they flash by when inside a car. The world seems a more calm and human place when you have the time to look around and connect with nature. You can go down paths that drivers don’t even know exist. I’m lucky because running feels like a key to a secret garden I didn’t know I needed, and would never have found otherwise. @dagr8sandarina
Running has its ebbs and flows, for me when I’m feeling a struggle I remind myself I’m lucky to have my legs to run. #traumasurvivor @deannanichole78
I’m lucky to be a runner and a healthy female. Running out in nature gives me a sense of gratitude. Running is not for everyone but for me it allows me to gain so much energy and focus. There is nothing like the feeling you get when you complete a run whether it be long or short, crossing the finish line or gaining yet another medal. @tracy_dean76
I’m lucky to be a runner because it has taught me self-discipline, dedication and accountability. Now that I have been a dedicated runner, these traits have transferred over to my professional work life and personal life as well, too. Very lucky for that @cruisinmountainrhodes
I’m lucky to be a runner because I still have the ability to move my body and push it to the limits. I know so many people wish they could, and I never want to take this for granted. @tiasmith_tri
I’m lucky to be a runner because there are plenty of people that don’t have the ability to walk let alone run! Running gives me the opportunity to push my body to its limit and in the process motivate others to move more and explore new heights in regards to their own physical fitness. @davidbanter
I’m lucky to be a runner because it takes me to new destinations. I am able to explore Charlotte and meet lots of new people! @anikoukary3
I’m lucky to be a runner because it has opened me up to a great community of people from all parts of the city I live in! @aj2cortina
I’m lucky to be a runner because it allows me to connect with a supportive and welcoming community no matter where I am. @lilizards_
I’m lucky to be a runner because it’s brought so many opportunities. The connection with the running community has been all great experiences. Most importantly running helps me take care of my health! @runnerbnc21
I’m lucky to be a runner because I have an able body. I see patients daily that wish they could just STAND UP or WALK! Mobility and strength is a gift from God, and it should not be taken for granted. @jessica_carranti
I’m lucky to be a runner because after getting hit by a car I didn’t think it would happen again. But here we are, still a work in progress but enjoying every step of the way. @corredor.champloo
Every time I run, I feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to move my body in this way.