You only do something if the return is worth it, right? Think about why you run and what it gives you. The reason is different for us all. For me, way back when (in the era of DSL and dial up) I started running because my track coach thought I was good at it. It felt good to be recognized for something I’d never thought of as a strength (especially with severe asthma). I kept at it in college and increased my distance to keep my weight stable and be able to eat what I wanted. It’s funny though how that reason has evolved over time.
During pregnancy, running provided consistency and control. After babies, running provided escape. I’m being honest. (We’re in the trust tree here). I needed to get away, especially from my daughter who had awful dietary deficiencies and didn’t eat well EVER. As they grew older, I actually had to get my runs done faster due to time and I didn’t mind that because oh, how I miss those toddler ages!
Fast forward to these days, and on my run yesterday, I saw other runners, some faster, some slower, some walkers and I began to wonder about their stories. Which made me think about you all. What is the reason you last laced up? For me currently, I’m at a point where I’m able to run for the love of it and start working on self improvement, too. It’s a weird place to be in because I’ve never had this kind of freedom with running. Running has always made me happy but it’s interesting that I’m celebrating every run these days no matter if I nail them or not. (That comes from having spent so much time in the past being injured).
Anyhow, as you tie up your sneakers to head out the door or jump on the treadmill, think about the benefit you’re receiving from your runs. Make sure that the relationship is mutual so that you keep coming back for more! My biggest suggestion for getting the most out of your runs is:
a) Know what you want out of running (have a goal, doesn’t have to be a time goal, it could just be to enjoy the run).
b) Have consistency with your run schedule. Plan your runs as if they were appointments and don’t miss them!
c) Realize that being “good” is relative and that just running at all is better than those not running at all!!!
d) Find a way to run that brings you joy, whether that means running with others, running trails, running with your pet or running in new places. If you don’t enjoy it, you are less likely to make it a lasting habit or hobby.
So tell me, what motivates you to run??? Has that reason stayed the same? Does running give back to you? I’d love to hear!!! Comment below!