Why I Run - A love hate relationship
Friday, August 28, 2015
This blog is a copy of a message board post in respond to a question by a SparkPeople member.
I run. I run because I enjoy running. The other exercises I do to balance my health and wellness goals, but running is what I do. I run because I enjoy it. I don't train for races but I may layoff or shorten by runs a few days before a race event.
Inevitably, something happen where I can run for a while, injury, laziness, or I just stop for reasons beyond explanation. I those cases I have to "train" to get back into shape. I admit, that getting back into it is tough (vis-à-vis, hate relationship) and I want to quit after the first few days--and I have quit a few times.
Nevertheless, I persevere and after a few weeks or months I'm running again (love relationship). My training is simple- similar to the couch-to-5k training plan-starting slow and increase distance and speed as I am able. I admit, sometimes I talk out loudly to myself when It gets difficult, telling myself that I can go another block, another half mile, another 3 miles etc. " I was doing that this morning when I ran past some kids waiting for the school bus." I laughed alone with them. The only thing that make me stop is physical pain, not to be confused with fatigue or failure to achieve the speed, distance, etc..
But I run and I run because it makes me feel great, it purges my body and mind and it keeps me fit.