Why I Run

runningAs I was running ( I use that term loosely) this morning, several thoughts came into my mind.  Running is so very frustrating for somebody like me that likes to be able to control every situation that I am in and my environment.  I was pondering why there was such a difference between my run this morning (very slow) and my run Tuesday night (one of my best runs lately- these were the exact words I texted my training partner post run).

Those of you that know me, know that I love to workout.  I could workout in front of my tv with my Beachbody dvds all day long.  But when it comes to running, I just don’t really like it.  In fact, I have been known to utter the words, “I hate running” or “running sucks”.  So people will ask me, why do you run, if you don’t like it?  Well, these are reasons that come to mind:

1.  Running challenges me.  As I mentioned earlier I love to workout.  I love P90x, Insanity, Les Mills Pump, Combat, Turbo Fire, ChaLean Extreme, Body Beast and T25; it doesn’t matter what workout it is, I love it.  I am a strength girl and when I start doing too much cardio I miss my beloved weights.  When I am doing these dvds, I have control of so many things  (I know exactly how long the workout will take, I know what the temperature is in my house, I know that if I run out of water, the kitchen is not far away,  I also know that the bathroom is not far away, I know that if my hair is bothering me and in my face, I can pause the dvd and go get a headband)  But when it comes to running, there are so many things out of my control (wind, temperature, humidity, darkness, availability of water and restrooms, etc).  Running challenges me both physically and mentally, probably even more mentally than I would like to admit.  I have to push past all the little voices in my head trying to talk me into stopping (or not even starting for that matter).  By pushing past what my mind wants me to do to what I know my body can do, running makes me a stronger person.

2.  Running is a social event.  A couple of years ago, I showed up one Saturday morning to run with the Enid Running Club.  I was timid and nervous because I wasn’t a runner and didn’t really know anybody in the group.  Over the last few years, I have made so many friends from this group and really enjoy meeting and running with new people at our group runs.  My husband also started running with the ERC and the monthly pub run is something that we put on our schedule and try to make sure and attend every month.  The pub run is so great because we not only get to go run, but we all hang out afterwards and you get a chance to actually visit while you are eating and drinking.  It is kind of like our little date night (I know that is kind of sad, isn’t it?)  This group has come to mean so much to me and really makes me look forward to my next run.


So, I encourage you to find something that challenges you, but also something that you can enjoy with friends.  Fitness should be fun.  Find Your Fitness!!!


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