Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Runnin', runnin' and runnin', runnin...

I'm not fast or cute in a running skirt but I run. Actually, my pace makes me more jogger than runner but here's why I like to run.
  • Anyone can run BUT not everyone does. Running sets me apart from others--not because I'm great at it but solely because I get out and do it. I'm more a diligent worker rather than talented in most things I do in my life. Running fits this category.
  • Running gives me a feeling of accomplishment. Some days I don’t get much done. Regardless of desire, planning, or exertion I often end the day with looming unfinished projects--a messy house, reports due for work, kids that haven’t been read to enough, etc.. I can withstand the discouragement of an unproductive day if I have run. At least I finished something!
  • Running allows me personal success. My kids have quit asking if I won when return home from a race because they know the answer. I will NEVER win a race but I can achieve PR (personal record) goals. Even with the interfering factors of weather, injury, hydration, etc., running primarily depends on my preparation and effort. I try not to compare myself to other runners (because I won’t compete) but I can compare myself to the other 38 year-old women who are still sleeping when I get home from a training run or race.
  • Running gives me confidence. When I am consistent in my training, I feel smarter, more out-going, and more confident in everything I try. I think that the small goals I attain with running trigger me to attempt achievement in other areas and help me to take failure in stride.
  • Running disciplines me. I’ve got a spouse, three children, a part-time career, and church responsibilities. Balance can be difficult to find but I believe that the self-discipline I gain from running helps me balance the other areas of my life. If I carve out the time to run and plan my training for growth, other things tend to fall in line.
So...I haven’t quoted any scientific evidence claiming that increased endorphins from running are keeping me from spending a fortune on Prozac but these are my reasons. Be they illogical, unfounded, completely false, or plain old touchy-feely, they work for me.
I am a runner.

8 comments:

Beverly said...

You sound like Scott. Actually, I miss the years I spent running (nothing like the distances you're running) and wish my feet would allow me to do more than walk. You set a good example, Rita. Keep it up!

Jen said...

I found your blog from Mar's facebook page and couldn't resist leaving a comment about running. I, too, started jogging about 3 years ago and it helped me lose 20 pounds and keep it off. I figure as long as I can always run a 5K, no sweat, I am in good enough shape! I usually run on my treadmill and I watch "24" while I run. It's a great way to stay motivated and each episode, ran at about 5 mph, will put you just over 3 miles. It's a perfect workout. Keep with it! It's so worth it.

Lynette said...

You are so awesome! I have just started running/walking. I can't say I LOVE it, but I am doing it cuz I am sick of being fat!!! So...you are...once again...a rockstar in my book!

Andrea said...

I love this post and LOVE RUNNING too. I am hoping/praying my knees hold up and that I get to do SGM with you this year. If not, I'll run one of the slam races with you when you turn the big 4-0.

Waters said...

I Love this post! So fun! You are inspiring..As always! Cant wait to hit the pavement with you again.....hopefully soon :)

bdz132 said...

For me, the main reason to run is because others in the family do it. The races that we've run together are among the most memorable things we've done.

Sheri said...

I love your blog Rita! I'm so glad you finally took the plunge. You're a great example to me...wish I had the same love for running you do.

Atkin Family said...

Hey Deets- Just wanted to let you know you inspired me to start getting my old body into better shape!! I've been excercising in some form 2-3x's/wk for 2 months now -- I figure its a habit if I do it for a year, so 10 months more to go. Maybe someday I can also run a marathon -- that seems very hard!! I love your blog -- if I ever get a moment -- I'm going to make mine a little more interesting!! Quinceb