I’ve been running for a long time now (you can read my story here) but I’ve never really enjoyed it as much as I’m doing it at the moment. I don’t really know what changed in my mind. (Yes, because I do believe that running is all about mindset. If you believe you can, you will.) But something made a click in my head and now I really enjoy my time out running.
I guess one of he first things that changed is the time of the day. I used to go running in the evenings, when I came back from uni. But I was exhausted and running just made me feel more exhausted. Everything was dark and I could not stop thinking: When will I arrive home?! This winter though, I decided to go in the mornings. It was the perfect way to enjoy the daylight, to get some vitamin D and also, ideal to keep me warmer. So I went one day and then another and then another… And when I came back home, after the shower, I could tell my day was going to be productive, because I’d already done something productive.
Feeling productive lead me to feel positive about my work and that lead me to feel better about myself. Now, running, is not only something I do to stay fit and healthy physically but also mentally. In the hustle and bustle of this life, we are all the time looking at screens, sat in our desks. And going on a run, even if it’s just 20 min. gives me a sigh of bliss at the end of the day.
So, back to the initial question. Am I a Runner? My answer is: YES! If you run, you are a runner!! I’m not the fastest, I’ve never run a marathon but still I consider myself a runner.
I know this may sound a cliché, but if you are not used to do sport, I encourage you to start now. Not for the others, but for yourself. For your own physical and mental health. DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF. Being selfish is not always a bad thing. When you go for a run you are stimulating your body and your brain. It will lift your mood, you’ll feel good about yourself, it’ll boost your confidence and you’ll be more positive. You will also be preventing diseases such as breast cancer, osteoporosis and will reduce the chances to suffer a heart attack. It also helps to find motivation, fight against depression and will help to relieve stress.
The key to enjoy the benefits of running is to enjoy the activity of running. And the only way to enjoy the activity in the end is by suffering a little bit at the beginning. You’ll be amazed by how far your body can go.
“A run begins the moment you forget you are running”