Recently, a fellow runner asked a group of us why we run. He's compiling the answers for a blog post and wanted our honest feedback. I jumped right in, giving him my 'go-to' response of:
Running keeps me sane. It is my therapy. It makes me feel alive. It makes me feel like a badass. It makes me feel powerful. I run because it makes me a better wife. A better mom. And a better friend. I run because it makes me who I am.
And that pretty much sums it up. But, at the same time, it's so much more than that. I knew he didn't want me to go into detail with all of my other reasons for his post, but I did take a minute to think about it myself. What I realized is that while the above statement holds true all the time, each individual run I go on really serves its own purpose on that particular day. Case in point, today's run. Let me break it down for you. Wait, I have to give you some backstory, so bear with me. Both my kids have just finished battling a nasty cold. I thought I'd been able to avoid it as I was showing no signs of getting sick, but on their last semi-bad day, my body eventually broke down and succumbed to the germs. Wishful thinking. Last Thursday, still in denial that I was sick, I attempted a tempo run on the treadmill. No dice. I had to end it early. I got a couple more short and very slow runs in after that but then I had to surrender to the cold. My tank was officially empty. On Sunday morning, we flew down to FL to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my parents and my extended family. Fortunately, my kids were now back in good health. Unfortunately, I was not. But, the upside of being with family and, more specifically, having my nephews around is that my mom duties are relatively low key. So, I've been able to take it pretty easy the past couple days, meaning no running and lots of rest. Talk about giving thanks!
REASON #43: I run to be outside, listen to good music and remind my body how good it feels to move.
Listen to this:
Running With the Boys - LIGHTS*
*This Soundcloud clip is live. It's worth listening to both versions.