Happy Friday Everyone! I don’t know about you, but it seems like a long week. I’m having a tough time adjusting to a new schedule without marathon training and all of that. I did create my plan and have a lot to look forward to. Some days are easy while others just seem off and I feel lost. I know I’ll adjust soon but am definitely feeling frustrated! If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen my posts about how I was having a bad day yesterday. The culprit of said bad day? I haven’t run in over a week. 11 days to be exact, not that I’m counting.
I’m sure many of you can relate to this or have had a similar experience. See, when I don’t run or workout regularly for an extended period of time, like more than a week, the world and I don’t get along so well. After about a week I begin to become irritable, my emotions run wild and it’s hard for me to control them, I can be cranky one minute and happy the next and generally have a feeling of being off. I can never pinpoint the emotions or cause of the emotions, basically I become a mess. It is not good for me, or for the world. Bad days begin to become more frequent.
I’ve experienced this enough to know that the cause is that I am not running. The simplest fix of this, is to just run. Which is exactly what I did last night. I ran. I didn’t wear my watch, I didn’t care what I wore and I didn’t care what my pace was. I’m addicted to the endorphins of running. I needed a fix, and I can only imagine what a drug addict feels when they need a fix. I stepped out into the darkness (yes, this time change stuff is cramping my style), no iphone, no ipod, just me and the road. I settled in, I got lost in the darkness, I listened to the sound of the river I run by lapping on the shores, and I listened to the sweetest lullaby of my feet hitting the ground. It was pure bliss.
Here on LiveRunLoveYoga I talk a lot about goals, training plans, fuel and paces and so much more. I realized I’ve never actually shared with you all why I love running. I share all the details and intricacies, but not the reasons that get me out the door. I run because it makes me feel strong. I feel strong mentally and physically. It makes me feel powerful and unbeatable. It makes me feel confident. It makes me feel beautiful. It gives me a place to get lost in my dreams, and BELIEVE that I can accomplish anything. Running doesn’t define me, it empowers me. It is an oasis from my worries, concerns and stresses. It is a place in my body, mind and heart that is all mine. The sound of my breath, the pain in my muscles, the heat in my body and the determination of my mind make me feel alive. Running can take a bad day and turn it into a good day and running only makes a good day better. Running is the best drug I know.
Why do you run? What gets you out the door? What is your personal running motivation?