Oh Monday...we meet again, and again far too soon. My weekend whizzed by, it was a total blur of errands and time spent with my loved ones. How was your weekend?
Part of my weekend, as is for most people in training, is my weekend long run. I had 10 miles on the schedule for me and I was really dreading it for some reason. That dread followed me all the way to my run to the point where I had to stop shortly after I started to have a talk with myself. I had to tell my head to shut up and let me enjoy the run. Ironically, after that talking to, my run got better...a lot better.
I have friends that are non-runners that I only mention my running to because I can see their eyes glaze over when I talk about it a little too much. They ask how many miles I ran and as I say the quantity pretty nonchalantly, they just shake their heads and say "I don't know how/why you do it", or "I don't get it, how can you run all that way?" I try to explain but it doesn't seem to come out right, or they don't understand, but this quote for today's Momentum Monday seems to hit the nail on the head.
Then I realized that no matter how much I explain why or how, they will never get it, unless they are a runner themselves. I didn't get it. I sometimes still don't get it. I was one of the people that would heckle those that would run "for fun". It made no sense to run for the sake of running, you had no where you were going or running against someone, it didn't make sense.
Until I started running.
There is nothing quite like the feeling of being totally fatigued and spent from a run. That delightful ache in your muscles from having given your all to the run. That drained and "empty" feeling after leaving it all out on the road/trail/course. These not only bring the need for copious amounts of water and air that you may be gasping for when you finish, but they also bring smiles and feelings of joy and accomplishment. The buzz of energy coursing through your veins from having exerted so much.
These things and more are what I gained when I began running and continue to reap the benefits from as I continue to train. No matter how much I talk to people who don't run about all these crazy benefits I get from running my tail off, they still don't get it, and they may never get it. Until they are a runner.
Not it's your turn: Do you agree? Do you have non-running friends that have the same reaction as mine?