So last night as I drove home from work, the sun was setting off in the horizon…and it was SO cool and breezy. I stopped to get some frozen yogurt (dulce de leche with chocolate sprinkles…no photo, but I promise you it was amazing) and as I sat there eating, I pondered on going for a quick run before the sun went down. The weather was so nice, with just the right amount of chill in the air. Nature was calling me. So I had no choice but to answer to it.
After taking the past few weeks off and simply cross training I have been feeling a pep in my step. I could feel it in dance class on Monday. We were doing some high knees (a move that I had been modifying) and all of a sudden, I could feel myself doing them. It was an exciting feeling, but I tried to hold back a bit and not go all out. So I took that little spunkiness out last night for a 2 mile shakeout jog. Very easy, relaxed loop around my neighborhood. I had done an early bird spin class + strength training that same morning, so I knew it needed to be a quick and easy run. Of course, the sunset and flowers looked beautiful, and reminded me of why I run in the first place.
I came across this blog post not long ago about remembering just WHY I do this thing called running. Sure, awards are fun to hang on your bedroom wall, PR’s can be a natural confidence booster, paying for and entering just about every race can give you something to do with yourself on the weekends. But some of the real reasons why I run in the first place, have nothing to do with that. My little run last night reminded me of that. I felt the cool breeze on my face. The sound of my feet hitting the pavement. Took time to see the colors of nature. Saw other runners getting their evening miles in. Just embracing everything around me. All of those things just bring a smile to my face. Running makes me feel free, alive. Like I can be a better person when I go out into the world because I took the time to make myself a priority.
Don’t ever forget why you started running in the first place.
“We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.” Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile
What are some of the reasons why YOU run?