This week I got to thinking about why I run and do races. I can only imagine that I've written about this before.
I run simply because I like it. This is the one sport that I get along with. I've never been on team sports (save for cross country) and like that I only depend on myself.
I run because the solitude is soul cleansing. Although runs with friends occasionally are sooo fun! And nothing beats a run with my man or my pup :)
I like exploring my city and seeing it from angles I wouldn't have otherwise seen it from.
I run for this above- the email from my Daad after nailing my first "longish" progressive run of this training.
Nothing makes me even more jazzed to run than seeing my Daad proud of me. And after thinking this run went bad, I was pleasantly surprised to see the splits above for miles 6-10.
I run to improve because I'm competitive with myself. But I also run because of health. If I had the time, I'd love to just cruise up and down the lakefront for a couple of hours each day and not think about PRs or races.
I never struggle with motivation to run, just the motivation to go outside when the conditions are crap. I don't need those "motivational" posters to remind me that "I will only regret the workout I don't do, or strong is the new skinny" or other BS. **I refuse to be "guilted" into working out or made to feel bad if I skip a workout- just the same as feeling bad about being a certain body type. If those motivate you, then good for you.
Again, I run because I like it.
I do get incredibly bummed when I have an injury and cherish the times like now when I'm in a relatively healthy state. So to take advantage of this, I hired my favorite Running coach to help guide me to the start of another race or 2. Because having direction in my workouts makes me happier- even when I begin to question my goals and fitness and over-think everything. (Thanks Daad for the over analyzing genes!) :)
There's nothing like a good sweat (or a few tasty beers, or both) to clear ones head after a long day. Or dont forget a delicious Bloody Mary too!
Even with dodging icy patches yesterday, the 11 miles were worth it for the scenery and fresh air.
That's why I run.