The Importance of Just Showing Up

Meditations in Motion

When I watched (through tears) Desi Linden cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday after battling the wind, rain and her own self-doubts for 26.2 miles, I knew what I would have to write about this week. Then she provided the perfect quote:

“Some days it just flows and I feel like I’m born to do this, other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Every day I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got, and to try and be better. My advice: keep showing up.”

Meditations in Motion

As runners, we know the importance of showing up. We show up at races, at training runs, and at other fitness activities to help keep us in shape for running. We show up at 5:30 a.m. to get a run in before work and at 11:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve because we are 5 miles short of our mileage goal for the year. We show up at trail races, where we run through icy mountain streams in January and on city streets where we dodge traffic and other pedestrians just to get our run in. We also show up in other, more important areas of our lives.

Meditations in Motion

We know the importance of showing up in our relationships, too. My husband and I have been married nearly 40 years (we got married when we were 8!) Some days in our marriage have felt like a slog up Heartbreak Hill (yes, I went there), and some days feel like the endorphins are flowing and we are on a runner’s high. But we keep showing up, day after day and year after year.

Meditations in Motion

We show up for our children. There were days when my boys were little, that if a band of Gypsies had passed by at an opportune time, I swear I would have sold them for very little money. I was certainly not the perfect mother, but they all know that I would do anything for them, and if needed, I would hop on a plane at a moment’s notice to be with them.

Meditations in Motion

We show up at our jobs. I was a teacher for over 30 years. I had many, many moments where I questioned my effectiveness and my dedication. There were times when I asked myself “What am I doing?” Then the boy who was sullen and mistrustful at the beginning of the year would give me a thank you note in June, in which he would tell me I was his favorite teacher and he looked forward to coming to my class each day. That was enough to keep me showing up for a long time.

We show up for our friends, in our faith, for our extended families. I am not sure whether being a runner makes us more likely to show up time after time, or if, because we are the type of person who constantly shows up, we are drawn to the sport of running. Either way, we are known for our dedication (stubbornness?) and perseverance. We know if we show up, and keep showing up, we have a chance to win, but if we don’t show up, we have no chance. We don’t really expect to strike gold on our first try. Desi Linden won under brutal conditions on Monday, because she is the ultimate plugger, because she knows the importance of just showing up. As she Tweeted after her win:

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I am also joining Running on Happy, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs  for the Coaches’ Corner linkup! I am also linking up with Nicole and Annmarie for Wild Workout Wednesday.

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I am linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for their Weekly Wrap. Join me there for some fabulous fitness blogs! I am also linking up with Patty, Erika and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run. Love these running-related blogs!

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54 comments

  1. This is a wonderful post Laurie! I have been having challenges showing up lately…..and I am not sure why. It may be time for a change? I’m not sure. Maybe I need to start running regularly again. Definitely need more physical activity these days!

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    • Sorry to hear about your challenges. I am sure you will figure it out. Writers are thinkers too. Whenever I read your posts, I find myself thinking “That would be an awesome place to run!” 🙂

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  2. I was saying that before she did. 🙂 Seriously, I have said many times that I’m not fast, but I finish, and that I will always show up & do the work.

    That’s interesting, though, your thought about whether runners are drawn to running because they are already the type of person who will see something through.

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  3. Great post! Des’s quote was so inspiring. I’m recovering from a broken leg and definitely feeling sad about not being able to run, but I’ll keep showing up for the workouts that I can do with hope that they will help me come back stronger when I finally can run again!

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  4. What a beautiful post! There is no hope of accomplishing anything at all if we don’t continually show up. This race truly shows the strong and gritty American women we have in this sport. Thanks for linking.

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  5. I was pleasantly surprised to see Desi in the Boston field this year as the press was focused on Shalane, Molly and even Deena. I was over the moon to see her prevail. I agree the ability to see things through to completion is an important quality to have in running. As a coach, I see plenty of people who “dabble” in running and then disappear. It’s fascinating.

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  6. The minute she said that, I made it my mantra. Its so simple but speaks volumes about work ethic and wanting something so bad that no matter how many times you don’t meet the goal, you want it bad enough to come back.

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  7. I really love this post. Especially what you said about the little boy who thanks you at the end of the school year. It’s amazing how much impact you can have on someone’s life without knowing it. ❤

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  8. This was wonderful. It’s so important to show up in all the areas of our lives, this was such a great message for me this morning!

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  9. I admire you for teaching for 30 years! I am just completing year 13 and I hope to make it at least 30 years, but sometimes I question myself. Summer breaks are the only thing that will allow me to teach my entire career. I need that time to decompress.

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  10. A wonderful reminder; thank you! I was a runner for 30 years before age and injury got the best of me, but you are so right that showing up is crucial in every important endeavor. Special congratulations on a long and loving marriage, as it’s uncommon that not just one, but two people keep showing up over the arc of a lifetime.

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    • Thank you! Our marriage (like any) has certainly had its ups and downs, but I am very lucky to have a wonderful man to travel through life with. Sorry to hear that you can no longer run. I would miss it terribly if injury forced me to stop.

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