First off, Happy Global Running Day! If you’re a runner, I hope you celebrated by lacing up and heading out today. I was surfing Pinterest this morning and this quote jumped out at me:
Can you see why it resonated with me? I have become obsessed with running: I read running books, follow running Instagram accounts, and hang out with runners and talk about our running, sometimes while running. If you’re not already a runner, you may wonder why I’m preoccupied with getting sweaty, out of breath, and pushing myself to the point of almost puking. Here’s why:
- I love a challenge. I used to think I sucked at running (remember my post about middle school phys ed? That’s where that idea came from) so I enjoy getting better at something that once seemed impossible.
- It builds confidence. I’m running farther and faster than ever before and I find great satisfaction when I reach a new milestone or meet a goal.
- Running is cheaper than therapy. Humorous and true. I’ve battled anxiety and depression for decades and nothing helps me feel clearer and more in control of my mindset than lacing up and getting out for a run. My kids even recognize the need now, and aren’t shy about saying “Mummy-you need a run!”
- I’m secretly very competitive. I’m not a team sports kinda girl but I love it when I see how I placed in a race event in terms of my gender and age group. I enter every race with a facetious “as long as I don’t finish last” mindset, but I really love to beat my previous times.
- I love my legs. Yup. That’s right. I love how long and lean and strong my legs are. These getaway sticks have carried me across many finish lines and through many a difficult day. Every run is proof that I’m stronger than I give myself credit for.
- I love running gear. The colours and patterns of running tights and sneakers these days are endless and I feel good getting geared up and hitting the road. I love nothing more than a tank top with a motivational saying or inspiring image on it. Give me all the gear! You can never have too much active wear (and if someone tells you differently—you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life!)
- I’ve discovered I enjoy being outside. I was never really one for getting outside and wandering through the woods or finding out where a trail led, but those are some of my favourite moments now. I’ll credit my time on Vancouver Island with introducing my to the beautiful connection between forest bathing and running, and it’s been the best therapy I’ve ever experienced. Breathe the fresh air, touch a hundred year old tree, and watch a rabbit cross your path: you’ll never be the same.
- Running makes me a better person. I feel happy when I run. I feel like I’m truly alive. I can’t wait to for the next step. I’ve discovered there’s more life and more to life and I’m not the girl I was before running took hold of my soul. Thank God!
Lace up. Get out. Run happy.