Running Lessons from the Song Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year to the readers of The Runner’s Resource! In this time of new running resolutions and goals for the future, I think it is also a good idea to heed the advice of the most popular New Year’s song – Auld Lang Syne.

Auld Lang Syne is heard every Near Year’s, but few people know what the lyrics actually mean. According to the excellent wikipedia entry, Auld Lang Syne was originally a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788. The title “Auld Lang Syne” can be translated as “old long since,” or “long long ago.”

The first verse repeats a question about whether people should forget about the events of “long long ago.”

Should auld (old) acquiescence be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?”

The chorus provides the answer that the past should not be forgotten, but rather should be celebrated.

“For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.”

The song is fitting for Near Year’s, as people celebrate the past year and look forward to the future. It is also a fitting song for runners. Runners often get caught up with future training or racing goals without reflecting upon the progress that they have already made. Remembering your past successes and goal achievements is a great way increase your love of running.

Appreciating how far that you have come in your running career not only will motivate you to future goals, but will also help you cope with future running disappointments. Don’t get discouraged when you have a bad race or workout, but rather think about your progress to even get to this point. So, in 2013, drink a cup of kindness to all of your running successes of auld lang syne!

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