Friday, August 15, 2008

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH RUNNING

Since not being able to swim much lately, I have concentrated more on running. I have been trying to remember that I once loved running. Until I started swimming and cycling that is. I have to say it is my least favorite of all three disciplines. While running yesterday, I ran on the course where I ran my first road race and it brought back many memories, some painful hehe I ran my first race on a nice warm summer morning and was very excited and nervous to run in a big race. On mile 3 of this brutal race (ha) , I had a collision with the pavement. It really wasn't my fault ;) The pavement actually jumped up and bit me. Seriously, on the course and we all went into a turn. There was a dip and loose gravel in the pavement and I, as well as a couple of others, took a tumble. Bloody hands, knees and a major road rash burn was my prize for my first road race. Of course Caleb thought it was pretty cool when I came running in with blood dripping from the scrapes. I didn't mind though. I loved running. Loved everything about it. So, what happened? I ran many races and loved them all, but once I started training and doing triathlon, I somehow lost my love for just running. I have always been passionate about swimming, since I was 6, and absolutely love the water. So, when I started training for triathlon, I loved it because I could add so much water time to my workouts. Also, once I picked up cycling, I loved it too. I LOVE riding my bike. It's great. So, swimming and cycling is great. What's after that? Oh yea, running. I lost my love for running once I fell so much in love with the other two disciplines. Don't get me wrong, some days I would like to go out and run (short runs at best). While running though, I thought about cycling or being in the pool the whole time. I lost my desire to just 'run' along the way. So, now, as I am trying to pick up mileage for the upcoming 70.3, I have decided to fall back in love with running. I have had a couple of long runs this week and I have actually felt good while doing them. No thinking about swimming or cycling. Just 100% focused on running, feeling the pavement underneath my feet, the rhythm of my breathing. Appreciating that I can run. I ran last night and it felt good. I do love running. I remember. I have since I was a little girl. Sometimes I forgot because I worried about my time, or how many miles I could get in before dark. If you ever watch a child run, watch the freedom in their movements, the smile spread across their face. Remember that it feels good to run. Just like when we were kids. It's not a job. This is supposed to be fun. Last night, running was fun and I certainly can't wait to do it again :)

Also, on a side note. As I started to leave for my run yesterday. I ran into a man from my town who used to run every single day. Mile after mile, after mile. A very good runner, I might add. He doesn't run any longer, he can't. You see, this man had a stroke 2 years ago and is only in his 40's. I had just started to take off and he waved at me. So, I stopped to speak and he said to me..." I am so proud of you. To do what you do. To love it and have passion. I am proud of you girl". When he said that to me, it touched my heart. I could see the sadness in his eyes too. He can no longer run. He loved to run and can no longer do it. We talked for a few more minutes and when I said goodbye, he turned to walk to the gym. I watched him as he made his way down the sidewalk. He is still partially paralyzed on one side from the stroke, so walking is even difficult for him. I thought about him while on my run last night too. I ran for me, I ran for him. I ran because it felt good. To be able to. I am thankful each day that I can do the things that I love. We should all be thankful. For so many things......

Happy Friday All & Happy Running :)

1 comment:

jahowie said...

That is a sad story. I try to remind myself all the time that I am lucky to be here, and I should feel lucky to be able to run, but I really don't enjoy it as much as the bike. Have a great weekend!!