Cardi B? On a running blog? Yep, you read that right. The newly-minted rap queen does run this sh*t like cardio after all.
Cardi B’s success story is famous to her followers. She started her career as a stripper to make ends meet, and ended up becoming successful enough at that to support herself while investing in her true passion: music.
Lesson 1: If your first impression is bad, give it another shot!
The first lesson comes from my fondness for Cardi as an artist. I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t a fan of her very first single, Bodak Yellow. I actually hated it. So I was a little skeptical when my friends told me her new album has become their personal mantra for female empowerment. Really? Then one of my friends played I Like It for me in the car, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I Like It is my favorite song on the whole album and my new go-to for tempo runs. It will definitely make its way to every race playlist.
What does that have to do with running? Maybe you just started racing and hated your first 5k. Don’t give up! It may become your favorite distance! Or you’ve been running for years and just tried a new kind of workout for the first time that left you feeling meh? Give it another shot.
Lesson 2: Turn your L’s in to lessons
I said I never had a problem showin’ y’all the real me
Hair when it’s f***** up, crib when it’s filthy
Way-before-the-deal me, strip-to-pay-the-bills me
‘Fore I fixed my teeth, man, those comments used to kill me
But never did I change, never been ashamed
Never did I switch, story stayed the same
I did this on my own, I made this a lane
Y’all gotta bear with me, I been through some things
Cardi calls out her critics in Best Life, distinguishing her past from her present. I admire Cardi because she doesn’t pretend that her past was perfect; she uses it to build onto her present and future. She’s honest, accepting, and motivated. It reminds me that my past races and training cycles do not define my current abilities, for better or worse.
Lesson 3: I’m my own competition. I’m competing with myself.
Ain’t no more beefin’, I’m just keepin’ to myself
I’m my own competition, I’m competin’ with myself
Straight from Best Life, Cardi establishes that she’s keeping to herself, avoiding those discouraging her, and doing her own thing. I often remind myself that a little healthy competition is good, but ultimately, I do this for myself. I hold myself to my own standards. I compete with myself.
Lesson 4: Bad bitches do what they want.
I think us bad bitches is a gift from God
I Do is all about bad bitches, so I encourage you to indulge yourself if that’s your thing. This year, I juggled law school and running despite the sometimes crippling workload of school. Of course if it came down to it, I would choose to do what’s best for my education over my hobby; however, simply having that hobby made me feel badass. What I like, I do. I often studied by listening to lectures during long runs. If I want to crush a half marathon, and then crush a midterm, I’ll do it.
Lesson 5: Work hard and be authentic. Give credit where it’s due, even if that credit is to yourself.
The whole premise of Bodak Yellow is that Cardi no longer dances, but has found empowerment through dancing and now does what she chooses as a career instead of stripping, which felt like her only option when she started. I love Cardi because while she has no problem crediting others, she also has no problem crediting herself. Most of her career, be it dancing or rapping, has relied on her own talent and hustle. She’s not afraid to say it, so you shouldn’t be either! Even if you have the best coach in the world and all the sponsors, only you can get out there and put in the miles you need to achieve your goals.
How much do you love her??