As I’m sure most of you are aware, today is National Running Day. It’s celebrated on the first Wednesday of June every year. If you visit the official website, you can pick up a blank bib, Facebook cover photo, Twitter header, and blank templates to create your own “I Run” statement. You can also pledge any miles that you run today to the charity of your choice through Charity Miles.
I got up and ran 3.1 miles this morning, and did a lot of reflecting on why I run. There is no doubt in my mind that running helps me to be my best self. Since I started running regularly, I am calmer and happier. My emotions are on a much more even keel–I haven’t had a stress cry/tantrum in I don’t know how long. I sleep better. I eat better. I have more self confidence. I am stronger. More motivated. My will power has increased– when the alarm goes off at 5:30 am, I jump out of bed and pull on my running clothes, instead of hitting the snooze button. I am dedicated and focused on a goal. I am following through on a training plan for the first time in my life.
My life has changed (and improved) in so many ways in the 3 months since I started training for my first half marathon, but the thing I am most grateful for is the supportive group of friends that I have made through this blog. It’s wonderful to have people to ask advice of, to vent to, and to share my accomplishments with, who totally understand what I’m going through. When I talk about training to my “normal” friends their eyes start to glaze over and I can tell they think I’m crazy. But here, I can talk about PRs and chafing and bodily functions to my heart’s content, and actually have people talk back!
It’s been a crazy 3 months, and in about 3 weeks, I will be running “the big one”–my first half marathon. I’m so excited to see where running will take me in the next 3 months, 3 years, and beyond!
Why do YOU run?