I got sick after last week’s half marathon (the Surf City half marathon). Then, as if that wasn’t enough, I experienced a slight hamstring tendon strain.
Both the Doctor and my friends told me to take time off–two weeks off to be exact.
If you’re a runner, hearing that can be downright depressing. I mean, two weeks?! That means I’d only have 10 weeks instead of 12 to train for my 50k in April which by now, is starting to seem a bit unrealistic.
Still, as I lay around recuperating I’ve been thinking a lot about why I love running so much. And here it is… I run because:
- I like the sound of my feet hitting the dirt. (Yes, I prefer trails).
- I like zigging and zagging through a rocky single-track trail.
- I like seeing the sun shine at the top of a hill. It motivates me to push forward all the way to the top even if it hurts.
- I like the way it feels when you find a good stride.
- I like the way it feels to finish a good workout–whether it’s a fast short-run or a slow long-run.
- I like to push myself to see how far or how fast I can go. And I like hitting new milestones after a good, hard run.
- I like the way it feels to be short of breathe, but knowing that you just ran as best as you could.
- I like the soreness you feel after a good run. To me, it means you put it a good effort, but it also means improvement.
- And I love the views. Running has allowed me to experience some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets on some amazing trails. The more I train, the further I go and the more I get to experience.
In short, I run because I love it. And I can’t wait to get better so I can get back on the trail.
What about you? Why do you run? Feel free to write your own list post and link back to this one. I love to hear stories of what motivates other runners.