Gratitude to the Gift of Running

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)

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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