Workout – 8 miles. gym treadmill. 1% incline. 57 min. done and done.
I love (even put the word in PINK and italics, big stuff) getting my workout in before noon. freeing. I finish it and I don’t have to think about it again until tomorrow morning. You may get the idea that I live for my run. or my workout. or my time. you might be on to something. maybe not live for it, but it’s up there. it is one of those things that keeps me going. I place a certain amount of importance and give it some credit because it’s my sanity, really. it gives me balance. in more than one way. read on. find out my running epiphany’s for the day.
I think when I run. I don’t think I do a lot of thinking during the rest of the day. I do a lot of doing and listening and talking and running around and making food and cleaning. but not a lot of thinking.
I’m running today on the ever loving treadmill (our relationship is really starting to blossom. moving from hate to tolerate. baby steps), and I start to think. smoke may have started coming out of my head, but it didn’t explode, so I kept thinking. and running. and thinking.
and I think – is this healthy? is it ok that I crave a good run, or a good workout? which led to this other deep thought. uncharted territory. I’m not usually comfortable with deep thoughts – is it really the workout that I crave so much, or is it everything that goes with it that makes it so necessary, important and enjoyable for me? So I started to think what is it about running, that makes it more than running. that makes it the mind, body, soul balance that I need and can package into a nice, neat little 60 minute jaunt on the treadmill.
#1 – this is my quiet time. I pray. for my family. my children. my husband. whatever comes to mind. I have conversations with myself. in my head. as long as it’s not out loud it’s totally normal.
#2 – This is different for every runner, but I do think there is something special about running that gets you in tune with who you are and what’s important to you. there’s a reason racing in running is becoming so much more popular. there’s a reason there are so many more people signing up for marathons and ultra marathons than ever before. and it’s not because it’s a walk in the park.
#3 – makes me feel good. and strong. it’s mine. For me – I’m admitting to myself, that I think I’m pretty good at it. I’ve always been fit. I’ve always been a gym goer. but there’s nothing for me that beats the feeling of working hard for a race, and acheiving what I set out do do. I can start to see the potential in myself to get better at it. It’s the challenge. of pushing myself in a daily run. of finishing a marathon. a half marathon. of doing my best. of seeing what I can do.
#4 – I can run. run while I can. my husband and I took the family to the track a couple months ago to try out our first speed workout. as we finished, we saw this older man walking the track. he was about 85 going on 112. I hope I age better than that. he was barely shuffling, had about 3 teeth in his mouth and he was there. and he goes every day. it takes him 30 minutes to go one lap. do the math. he’s not winning any races. but he doesn’t have to. he says to us, “if you don’t use it, you lose it. I can still walk, so I’m here everyday” I like that. I’m going to use what I have. and see where I can go with it.
For some people, their “running” is cooking, or baking, or dancing, or photography, perhaps spalunking. maybe not spalunking. it’s different for everyone. but it’s yours, whatever it is. If it adds positivity (did I make that word up?) and not negativity, there is a reason it takes up an important space in your life. and helps you enjoy all of the other very important things in life.
And here’s another little way I’m trying to stay balanced – I gave my red sweatshirt a break. too much of a good thing can be a smelly thing. good think Target made two colors. introducing the grey.
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