Back when I was about 13, I decided to run a half marathon with my dad. Training was difficult, especially because I wasn’t much of a runner prior to that. At times while running, I would get side cramps from running to hard, drinking too much prior, etc. but my dad would always say “Run through it”, “Just run through it”. My dad has always given me great advice, but that bit stuck with me since then. Instead of stopping, or taking a break, or giving up, he always told me just to run through it, keep pushing yourself until it goes away. Don’t stop, don’t walk, run. To this day, I do everything in my ability to run through tough times in my life. Every day brings us new obstacles in our life that make us want to give up or stop trying, because it hurts at the time being, and we feel like it’s easier to just stop. It’s not until we continue to run through those obstacles that we realize it makes us a better, stronger person the next time through. I ran 13 and a half miles further then I ever thought possible by the end of that training. Never did I think I could ever do that. Think about that next time you think about giving up on something that’s becoming a struggle in YOUR life, and try running through it, you’ll be surprised how far past your expectations you can carry yourself if you use strength to push yourself through it.