Coaches Christine and Shelby LOVE Disney. So in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are celebrating two movies that celebrate Hispanic culture: Encanto and Coco!
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(Photo Credit to Disney)
On today's long bRUNch we talk about the different lessons each movie teaches us and how it related back to us all in life and in running. Being true to who we are even when people tell you that you can't do something is basically most of our running stories in a nutshell. How many times have we been told that we need to run at a certain pace, need to look a certain way, or run a particular distance? Both Maribel and Miguel knew that they didn't fit the molds that were around them (loved music in a non-musical family, and had no magic in a non-magical family) but that didn't stop them from following what they were called to do.
Even though these may be "children" movies we can all take a lesson from these heroes. Both are wise beyond their years and show the resilience to face difficult situations for the good of others.
So how do we relate this back to our own lives and our own running journeys when the times get tough?
Take pride in your differences: No runner is the same, no one runs the same pace, and as we've been told time and time again representation is everything. We need to see runners of all sizes, ethnicities, religions, physical adaptations, etc. Without that the sport will never grow, evolve, or adapt.
Randomly breaking out in song works wonders: Feeling tired at mile 6? Sing a song. Don't want to get out for your run? Sing a song. Music uplifts and feeds the sole. Coco literally saved his family by bringing back the love of music and Maribel sang with Isabella to strengthen the candle for her family. If that doesn't tell us to break out in song and sing (even off key) what does?
The Hispanic culture is deeply rooted in family and group cooperation: This is something we continue to strive for in the running community but there is always room for growth. In the Hispanic culture, they emphasized harmony and cooperation in the group more than individual function and responsibility. They help each other when they are down, they pitch in, and family (born into or chosen) means the world. So the next time you see a runner out and about, give them a smile, tell them they are doing amazing, give a new runner some encouragement, and make sure that they feel part of the group.
What is the biggest takeaway you've had from Coco and Encanto? What can you apply to your own running or someone else?
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