This year I spent the first 5 months running A LOT. I was training for the Vancouver BMO Marathon. After completing the Marathon (YA!) I cut back a bit. In the last month I ran maybe 3 times a week, nothing to extreme, just 5K runs when I could fit it in.
Last week I was feeling a bit off. All week I was agitated, prioritizing and spending time doing errands, I felt like I wasn’t getting things done, wasn’t doing things in the right order, I don’t know what it was. But I wasn’t feeling it.
All of a sudden I missed running again. I missed the routine of my daily runs. I missed lacing up my runners and getting out the door. I missed exploring new routes. I missed having goals, intentions and something specific to train for. Then I remembered it is my turn to blog for the SWTM. The reasons why I loved running in the first place all came back to me. With a new fresh outlook.
Running creates the routine in my day. It was the consistent practice that happened every day and I looked forward to it. It was mindless, lace up your shoes and get out the door. I was always guaranteed to feel like I was on top of the world right after.
No matter what the predicament at the beginning of the day, after a run I cam back with a whole new perspective and a brighter attitude. Sometimes after a run, things that seemed like big issues were no issues at all. It helps me let things go, and release any energy to a situation. I can honestly say that running is a meditation for me. Listening to my breath, clearing things out of my mind, and being with myself.
It was time dedicated to only me. While I was running I never felt like I needed to wind down at the end of the day. My sleep is immaculate. I felt like I utilized ever hour of my day.
I would get excited to listen to a new album or song during my run. I would be stoked to explore a new route or run by a new café or store and check to see what they are all about and what hours they are open. I got to explore some hidden places of different cities I wouldn’t have time to check out otherwise.
Most importantly it makes me a happy, optimistic, energetic individual. Yoga and running, what a good balance. I couldn’t imagine the person I would be without it.