I like to run. As do a lot of you, but I realize that not everyone shares that same passion. I didn't use to love it. I can remember when it was time for the mile run for our fitness tests in elementary school I used to dread it. I don't know what changed in me, or why I suddenly decided that I actually liked running, but I'm so glad that I did.
I remember one time in particular that this happened for me. It was a PERFECT day outside. The temperature was amazing, the kind where you can't feel the air around you. The sun was out and it was beautiful. I was training for my first marathon...(I trained all the way up to my 20 miler and hurt my back really bad, so i didn't get to run it.) I was on the last half mile of my run, and my favorite song came on. I was running on a bit of a downhill so my speed picked up, and instantly I felt like I was flying. It was the best feeling in the world. I was mouthing the words to my music, I had a huge smile on my face and tears running down my cheeks. I'm sure everyone who saw me thought I was pure crazy, but who the heck cares? It was AWESOME. Such a runners high.
Trying to explain to my friend today why I love to run evoked all of these emotions again. Maybe it's because I haven't been able to run for the past few months, and I'm SO dang glad to be back. Who knows? Running isn't always sunshine and roses. It's true...some days my runs feel awful, like I have cement blocks encasing my shoes. Like every mile is actually double the distance, and I'm never going to finish, but even on those days I am always so incredibly happy once I finish. The feeling after a good run is pretty awesome. Other times I feel like I could run for days, like I'm in my own little untouchable world. Plus it burns TONS of calories...bonus. Yep.
For those of you who are still in the beginning, "I hate this," stage. Don't give up. It gets better. It's so worth it. I realize running isn't for everyone, but give it a chance. It is my therapy. It is my release. It doesn't matter how fast you go or what your goals are. We're all different, and that is the greatest part about life.
So am I crazy? Do you like to run? Do you absolutely hate it? Have you had those runner's highs? Why do you keep running? Do we have any other criers out there? Please say yes...
oh and enter my giveaway if you haven't... :)
oh...and you're awesome. Don't forget it. Now go strap on your running shoes and do work.