This morning was the perfect morning. It left me with so many running thoughts….
The kids left for school by 7:30am, the air was cool and crisp, the sun was shining. Everything fell neatly into place. I ate my oatmeal and headed out for a run by 8:30am. I didn’t use my Garmin and I didn’t time myself in any way. I just put on my music and ran. It had been a long time since I ran just for fun. It’s certainly always fun but often I have a time or distance goal that I’m aiming for. Today was just plain and simple running fun. I didn’t even have a plan for which direction I would take.
With a race coming this weekend, I felt the need to just enjoy myself and remember why I run. I run because I love to be outside and feel connected to nature and the world around me. I run because I enjoy being physically active and for the endorphin filled feelings that accompany it. I run because it clears my mind and reminds me for the things I’m grateful for.
I was also reminded that I need to put my running first on my to do list! I often push it to the back of my list so that I can feel accomplished before heading out. So that I can feel deserving of having this time to myself. The problem is that I often miss runs because life gets in the way. Other people’s demands on my time take me away from my own agenda and I, along with those closest to me, pay for it in my moods. I am happiest when I have had a morning like today. A run that is calm, centered and filled with gratitude.
This weekend as I stand on the bridge overlooking my city, I will take in every moment of that race and enjoy the running for the multitude of amazing benefits it gives me.
Why do YOU run? What emotional benefits do you feel after a great workout?
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