Some life lessons I learned while out on a run

Nov 9, 2013, 8:34 PM | Updated: 8:34 pm

The other day, I headed out to go for a run. I wasn't quite sure where I was headed, but thought I would most likely do one of my usual loops. As I headed up the road toward my turn-off, I made a last-minute decision to keep going up the mountain.

This wasn't the first time I'd ventured up this mountain. I'd run it once before and had taken my kids on a hike up it this past summer. I knew my way, and better yet, I knew the breathtaking view I would see once I reached the top. As I headed up the trail, I encountered some rocky areas where I stumbled a bit, and there were some steep areas that forced me to slow down and walk. However, knowing what it was like at the top of that mountain, I continued on.

Once at the top, a feeling of triumph came over me. I had made it. I was immediately met with the breathtaking view of Utah Lake on one side and my hometown on the other. Not only that, but at the top of the mountain, I could see more clearly where I had been and where I needed to go to make it back home. Just ahead about 50 meters, I could see the turn-off that I needed to take for an easier path down the mountain.

As I ran along the ridge-line down the mountain toward the turn-off, I saw a black crow that was sitting in a tree, who then started to gawk at me. My focus then shifted to the crow, and I got distracted. Before I knew it, I had missed my turn-off and was quite a ways down the ridge-line before I realized it. I was faced with the choice of going back up a steep climb toward the turn-off or making my way down a rocky decline that eventually met back with the path. I chose the rocky decline, which ended up being a more difficult way.

And as I maneuvered my way down, my shoes began to fill with rocks, I was getting stickers on my socks and the progress down was very slow. To top it all off, that pesky crow was still circling above my head making loud noises.

But, instead of allowing the bird to distract me, I kept my focus on the path, and soon I was back where I needed to be. Although the trail was not without its rough patches, I was able to make it back home safely.

As I thought about this run, I found that it paralleled life.

Oftentimes, we get stuck doing the same old routine, taking the path we are accustomed to. However, when we decide to take the high road — which is often difficult — and rise above the challenge, the reward is great. When we have risen above those challenges, we are able to see more clearly the path we need to take.

And much like that pesky crow, sometimes we get distracted, lose our path and often end up taking the hard way back. However, if we focus on the task at hand, we can eventually find the path that leads to where we need to go.

I learned a lot on this particular run. From now on, I will look for more opportunities to do hard things, to take the high road and ignore unnecessary distractions. Hopefully in doing so, I will always be able to make it to where I need to be.

Arianne Brown is a mother of six who loves running the beautiful trails around Utah. For more articles by Arianne, “like” her Facebook page (facebook.com/writerariannebrown) or visit her blog, timetofititin.com.

Contemplating whether to keep going up. We did decide to go a little farther up. Doing hard things is fun and rewarding. (Photo: Arianne Brown) The kids hiking up the steep terrain over the summer. (Photo: Arianne Brown) Some rocky terrain on the ridge line. (Photo: Arianne Brown) The breathtaking view from the top of Lake Mountain. (Photo: Arianne Brown) The city down below. (Photo: Arianne Brown) The pesky crow. (Photo: Arianne Brown)

Arizona Woman Busy Smart and Strong

...
Lindsay Ferguson, FamilyShare

7 ways to recharge your mom battery after a busy summer

After a long and busy summer, here are a few things that have worked for me to recharge my "mom battery" that might work for you, too.
9 years ago
Meg Johnson, FamilyShare

10 reasons trials give you more out of life

God doesn't send us trials to take away, but to give us more, out of life.
9 years ago
Heather Hale, FamilyShare

How to avoid the bored and lonely mom trap

Feeling isolated? Tired of one-sided conversations with a one-year-old? You can find joy in the journey as a stay at home mom. Here's how.
9 years ago
...
Nicole Carpenter, KSL

MOMentity: 10 time hacks to find an extra hour each day

What would you do with an extra hour each day? Sleep? Read? Cook? Nicole Carpenter with MOMentity.com offers 10 time hacks to help you find an extra hour each day to do, well, whatever you want.
9 years ago
...
Megan Shauri, FamilyShare

No sweats allowed: Bouncing back from the grungees

Ways to free yourself from the elastic waist band in order to look and feel more like a woman than a tired mommy.
9 years ago
...
Becky Lynn

Tips for buying your teen the best used car for them

If your teen is clamoring for a car of their own, and you’ve been scanning Craig’s List, or the AutoTrader looking for the perfect used car, you are not alone. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently did a study and found that 83 percent of parents surveyed bought used, not new cars, for their […]
9 years ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
Some life lessons I learned while out on a run