Running and what it means to me

Preface

For my first post I wanted to write about something that I was passionate about, and would still create a fun and engaging article. However, I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to write the best post that I possibly could, and somewhat came to the realization that it’s my first article, it doesn’t have to be perfect. While I will do my best to make every article interesting and worth reading, I’m just beginning and I still have a lot to learn about writing engaging blog posts. With that out-of-the-way, I hope you enjoy my first *official* blog post!

If you would have asked me what I had thought of running when I was in highschool, I would’ve told you running was for sucks and that I would be a swimmer for the rest of my life. However, as soon as highschool ended I quickly found myself in the awkward position where finding a pool to swim in was not exactly readily available. I was frustrated, I loved swimming throughout high school, I loved distance training and just spacing out during long sets and just being lost in my thoughts. For awhile, I just lifted weights with some occasional swimming whenever I could get into a the pool. It wasn’t long before I realized that I missed the feeling after a thorough cardio session. Begrudgingly, I decided I’d give running a try, who knows, maybe I’d like it!

Part of the reason I made the decision to pick up running was because a few years previous my Mom had run a marathon and that really inspired me to give “competitive” running a try. I had very little running training, despite a brief stint on my high school’s track team my freshman year, so I didn’t have running shoes. Instead, my first several runs I ran in some old Nike walking shoes, and quickly understood the reason for a separation between walking shoes and actual training shoes. So I picked up my first real pair of running shoes, which were not cheap! I couldn’t believe that I had just paid 100$ on a pair of shoes, I thought it was completely ridiculous, but now, I realize that it was a great investment, and after nearly two years, the shoes are still holding up great

I’ve always tried to convince myself that my running has been to train for a competitive race, but I’ve recently come to the conclusion that the reason I really motivate myself to go out every time is because I love being lost in my thoughts during a long run. During these moments I feel like my head is so much clearer than practically any other setting and it help me process and organize my thoughts and day-to-day life. However, this is not to say that I never have those runs where I hate every second of it. I recently took an extended break from running, because I felt that it was becoming to painful on my knees

and feet to continue on. During this short break, I actually lost a lot of my appetite and motivation to workout in general. I ended up losing too much weight during this time, and just felt bad, I wasn’t sleeping well, I was eating extremely sporadically, and infrequently. I wasn’t completely sure what to chalk it up to but realized that about the time that I started to feel horrible was about the time that I stopped running and tried to switch to prioritizing different workout regiments. So I figured, what would it hurt if I just tried going on a quick run? It was amazing, I hadn’t realized how much I had actually missed running. Soon after, I started running more frequently again, since then, my appetite has gone up, I have been sleeping much more soundly, and just in general feel like I have more motivation and energy.

I understand that to some, even just the thought of running is totally repulsive. The majority of my coworkers tease me about my running habit, but I wish more people realized all of the positive affects running can have. I know that getting into running shape at first is without a doubt the hardest part, but the payoff once you get there is totally worth it.

While I recognize fully, that I am nothing more than a casual runner, my goal for this new year, is to train to run a competitive race. Part of what I really loved about swimming in high school was seeing my times improving after weeks of hard training and dedication. My ultimate goal is to follow in my Mom’s footsteps and eventually run a marathon, while that is definitely a long distance away from the current running shape I am in, I know that I can do it.

Thanks for reading my first article. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my work. It’s not much now, but I promise, as I continue to do this, my writing will improve and become more organized. Feel free to leave a comment in the section below if you liked the article or want to talk about running, enjoy your day.