Why I run - Part 1 of 2
Today, I ran the furthest I've ever run - 36kms. It's part of a buildup towards running a local marathon scheduled for June this year. Given that COVID-19 is still at large and no vaccination in sight for what is likely to be at least 6 months, I expect it to be cancelled. Irrespective, I'll be running a marathon on the designated date, even if I have to do it solo. I'm not really fussed either way. Many have asked me why I run as much as I do. Running in organised events, while always enjoyable, it's not the reason I run.
Of the many reasons I run, the most obvious is, of course, the physiological benefits. I've never been fitter from an aerobic standpoint, and I'm able to better maintain my energy levels throughout the day. This has led to better focus at work, and enough energy left over after work to tend to my family responsibilities without getting too tired and grumpy. Tick!
Psychologically, running has provided me with a platform to consistently challenge myself. As I have done that, I've discovered more about myself, and have developed a bit more mental toughness, self-confidence and greater discipline.
If I'm totally honest, I don't enjoy the super early mornings (some as early as 4:30 am), and there are many of those mornings when I just don't feel like running, which may seem strange. BUT once I'm out there, things always quickly get better. The best part is at the end of each run. I always get a dopamine hit in knowing I've done something that is undoubtedly good for my physical wellbeing and has put me among the small percentage of people who have overcome the 'natural man' to make a great start to the day.
Even more than the physical benefits, the 'attitude' training aspect of my running ritual has translated into me being better at overcoming procrastination in getting important things done, even when I don't feel like doing them (Let's face it - most important things are the ones we don't feel like doing yeah?!), as well as seeing 'hard things' through to the end.
Now, you may be wondering why this post is only Part 1. There's a whole other part to my running experience, where I've been able to draw many parallels between running principles and those by which I'd like to live my life. In an effort to make my posts more 'reader-friendly' these will be in Part 2 Hopefully, I'll be able to apply my newfound superpowers for overcoming the 'don't feel like doing it' monster and have it up in next weekend. Until then, love much, hug more, and continue to stay safe.