I just completed my fifth half marathon. Years ago, I was not a runner. A mile seemed like an eternity, long distance.
Over the years I took up running more & more, and now I live for that runner’s high.
Why do I run?? I came across this once…
“The more I run the more I love my body. Not because it’s perfect, far from it, but because with every mile it is proving to me that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible.”
I am capable of more than I ever thought possible! That in a nutshell is why I run. I never thought I’d be a runner, that I could do it, that I’d enjoy it.
Running is now my cardio of choice. The intensity is 100% up to me. It’s a full body adrenaline rush.
There are days a mile is hard, and there are days five miles is effortless.
Running is every bit mental as it is physical, if not more. I often think how I used to envy people who ran. It seemed so difficult, so daunting. I’ve learned it’s about will.
Before I became passionate about working out, I’d show up at the gym, jump on an elliptical and go through the motions. It’s difficult to just go through the motions when you’re running. You have to be committed, or any distance will be daunting.
Running races for time is my form of competition. To complete half marathons is accomplishment. 5Ks are about pushing past a physical limit – faster. Half marathons are about pushing past a mental limit – finish.
Running is therapy. It can be freeing, it can be peaceful. It helps my mood and anxiety. Running is something I thoroughly enjoy so I won’t force it if I’m not feeling it. I want to avoid creating negative associations with things I love.
For those out there who envy anyone that runs, or wishes they could do it. You can! Remember, everyone starts somewhere. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu