Today's quote was very much true for me this weekend and need to be a constant reminder to me when I'm feeling stressed or upset about life.
I've been struggling lately to get back into a groove of running again. So when Saturday rolled around, I was both happy and nervous to run. Happy because it was gorgeous out and I was going for a run and nervous because I hadn't been running in almost two weeks at that point and didn't know what to expect. I was apprehensive to say the least.
I got to the park where I was going to run and started out on my route. The first couple miles always seem to be the toughest for me whenever I start a long run (is that just me or does everyone struggle with that?) and I was really fighting through them. Then as I got half way through mile 3, things felt better. I was breathing easier, my strides where fluid and I felt good. I even smiled during my run.
As I was nearing the end of my 6 miles planned for the day, I (literally) ran into my friend Danielle on the trail. She was by herself attempting her first 10 mile run in 9 months and she was struggling, I could see it. We had a brief exchange, wished each other luck and headed back on our runs going opposite directions. Then as I was running away from her, about .20 miles away from the end of my run, I remembered how much I appreciated having people run with me at the end of my long runs when I was getting into the double digit miles.
I stopped and turned around.
I picked up my pace and called out her name to have her pause a moment. I knew she needed the company and another 1.5 miles wasn't going to kill me. So I caught up with her and said that I would run with her to finish up her mileage. She seemed relieved and I was happy to help her out and get some chatting time in for the rest of her run.
We finished up the run and chatted a bit longer while we stretched and ate some post-run fuel. As we parted ways, I reflected on my run and couldn't help but smile. Not only had I broken my non-running cycle, but I completed the mileage I had set out to do AND picked up an extra 1.25 miles while helping out a friend complete her long run.
My smile got bigger. I had found my happy again. I have always loved how I feel after a run, even if it was a brutal run and I'm tired and sore. It didn't matter. I always felt lighter, my days outlook a little sunnier and my smile a bit bigger. Running had become my happy place and I was so glad to be back to it. I wish I could bottle that feeling as a reminder to myself when I don't feel like running, I can take a little whiff of it and remember that feeling. I don't think I would be able to get my running shoes on fast enough.
Question for you: Does exercise put you in a good mood? Do you have anything that helps to remind you how good you feel afterwards as an incentive to get back out there?