Thursday, February 26, 2009

Why do I run?

In a comment to my last post, Roger asked me why I run. It's difficult to explain why, but I thought I'd try and give some background that might give some insight to why.

All my life, I've been sedentary. I've asked myself many times why people would run or workout at all as in my experience, it wasn't very fun and most of the time it actually hurt.

Then last year I decided that I needed to loose some weight, I was out of breath from walking and generally as far from an athlete as possible. At first I decided that I would just adjust my diet and not exercise. Then I happened to see an advertisement for a set of running shoes, shorts and a t-shirt, I bought the package and started on the C25K plan.

Even though it was hard I found that I could manage it and I could actually feel and see the differences in my body from week to week. I no longer got out of breath from walking, I stopped snoring at night and after quitting cigarettes, I found that running took my mind of them. I soon found myself anticipating my next run and that I felt restless on my days off.
Running helped me relax, took my mind of the stressful issues at work and made me feel better about myself. I found that maybe I could actually be an athlete and that by training I could push the limits of my body, my mind and better myself.

It is hard at times, but I know that my training brings results and I know how good it makes me feel when I accomplish a goal that I could only have dreamed about in my "old" life.

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