Happy National Running Day everyone! 🙂
I seem to have no running on the schedule for today… I will be swimming AND cycling – BUT I may just slip in a 1 mile run or so to celebrate!
WHY do I run? What a seriously complicated question. It feels like it shouldn’t be, but running is so epic it is hard to explain.
– Camaraderie – This is a big one! There is so much passion and kindness from the girls that I run with… even when I don’t feel like doing it anymore – their friendship keeps me going
– Self-Awareness – It is hard to explain to you have much more in tune I am with my body then before I was a runner. You can easily tell the difference between “good pain” and “bad pain” – you know what to eat and what not to eat to keep your stomach calm — you can see a cold coming on from changes in your heart rate – you know when to push and when to let up – You are so aware of you body it is almost crazy.
– Stress Relief and Focus – So before I became a runner, I was one of those anxious girls that thinks too much and obsessed over everything. My co-worker always would tell me I was on a loop and to stop chewing on things for so long… Now I can tell you, I DO NOT do that anymore. Before I had to struggle to turn my brain off…. Now I can seriously “wake up” and realize I had not been thinking about a single thing for a very long time Lol – You know how weird it is to be able to get your mind completely blank. In the beginning, I would use my running time to maul over things some more, work through problems, and think about solutions. Now that I have been doing it for more then two years, I pretty much don’t think about anything when I run. If I need a distraction, I count. Lol
– Power and Strength – I like running because you can feel powerful without any other repercussions. Lol. Wanting to feel powerful is pretty normal, I think, but with running, the only thing I have power over is the strength of my body. It is pretty fulfilling and gratifying, but doesn’t control others in anyway (except for maybe my husband who I drag to all my races 🙂 )
Well those are just a few things. I could talk about it for hours! Now these things relate to me personally with running, but mostly are a result of any physical activity. – I feel similarly with regards to swimming and cycling, although running is my first sport love and will ultimately always hold the highest spot in my heart.
Happy Running Day!