I was thinking a lot and talking to some friends over this past week about why we do the things we do in life. I know a lot of people who think that running is a crazy hobby to have and yet, I could never picture spending my spare time playing video games. It would be a waste of time, in my opinion. It’s just not who I am. As much as I wish I had more friends to call upon to go out for a run, I have come to realize that we are all defined by different things and that our uniqueness is truly quite amazing!
To me, running is empowering and freeing. It brings a sense of calm to my everyday life. It wakes me up when I’m feeling lethargic and in turn helps me to sleep like a baby at night. How is it that this exercise–one that simply involves putting one foot in front of the next–bring forth so many positive effects?
Growing up playing sports all my life I was never a menacing threat on the field. But it was my quickness that I could always count on. I was, and still am decent, at sports, but my speed is what ultimately made the difference.
My marathon journeys have made me more introspective; not only do I now have long stretches of time to think, but I am more in tune with my body. I know how far I can push myself and when I need to take a break carving time for R&R. It’s difficult to explain to non-runners why I have the willpower to pound the pavement day in and out. “I just do,” I say. Fellow runners can certainly attest to the powerful endorphins. Not having done my long run this weekend I can tell I miss them. But it’s more than just the way you look and feel from running. It’s the incredible sense of accomplishment and amazement that dedication and stick-to-it-ness pays off in the long run.
I am certainly grateful for the blessing of good health and strong body. With nine more weeks of training I plan to thank God for this incredible gift I’ve been given.
On another note, this completes my 100th blog post! Yeah!
Week 7 Recap (9/11-9/17): 3 days of running totalling 17 miles (including sprint intervals during an 8 mile run), 1 cross training day (yoga and weights), 1 soccer game (not counted in mileage)