The word RUN, (as defined by Dictionary.com), means, “To go quickly by moving the legs more rapidly than at a walk and in such a manner that for an instant in each step all or both feet are off the ground.” Therefore, running, or the sport of running, would be to do this continuously for a longer period of time. For example, 26.2 miles. As you may know, this weekend is the TCS New York City Marathon. Thousands of people have been training, mentally preparing, and reading articles with titles like, “How to Be a Better Runner.” Sometimes we get so caught up and forget what the act of running actually means to us. And, just how simple it can be.
I like to consider myself a runner, even though I talk about it more than I actually do it. However, I’ve covered enough miles and experienced enough injuries to be able to claim my title. For me, running is bigger than running. Does that make sense? Let me explain…
More than likely, your average runner is out there for physical exercise. He or she wants to lose some weight or maintain fitness, so they cover a few miles a week. They feel good and it allows them to enjoy a cheeseburger now and then without the guilt. Nothing wrong with that, right?
Then you have myself. What does running mean to me? Well, running is my freedom. Running is my addiction. Running is the entire reason for me starting my blog www.HealthLush.com. Of course, my love for beer played a major part in that as well.
Running gives me a purpose. I couldn’t stress that any more if I screamed it at the top of my lungs. (Side note – running and screaming at the same time is difficult and unnecessary). There are days that I don’t want to get out of bed. There are times when nothing seems to go my way. I know that during those times I can step outside, run a few miles, and hit the off button on everything else around me. When I return, I’m ready to take on the world. I wrote this article after running 3 miles in the rain. Had I decided to not run, I would be eating cookies and watching “Let’s Make A Deal.” Which reminds me, there are cookies in my kitchen…
When I say this next sentence I promise that I’m trying to keep my ego out of this… Running is that one thing I do better than many other people. I was that kid in gym class who ended up on the team because there was nobody else left to pick. I had a short stint with football during middle school, but quickly realized football is not a skinny person sport. In high school I was a bowler – enough said. But running… ahhh now THAT is my sport of choice.
To me, running means staying healthy. It means staying motivated. And, it flushes the negativity from my brain. All good things start with a nice run. I know I sound crazy right about now but it really has that strong of an effect on me.
I can’t be the only one who feels this way. What does running mean to you? Does it keep you on track? Can it push you to be stronger? Are you more productive after a long run? Let us know in the comments below!!