5 years ago I couldn’t run around the block but slowly I got better and could run farther. I remember the first time I ran 2km’s. I was so proud! And so sore. The pain goes away but that feeling stays with you for a lifetime.
Over the past five years, I’ve run over 3000km, including racing one half marathon and one full marathon. I ran every day for 432 days in temperatures ranging from +36 to -40.
One of my favourite, most memorable runs was during a total downpour. Nothing can clean your soul like a run in the rain.
Running has given me the strength to know that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
Running gives me the courage to try new things.
It gives me time to myself to clear my head and process the day. I often have some of my great inspirations while out on the road.
Running consistently also allows me to pay less attention to the scale, keeping my body at a regular weight. I can eat what I want within reason.
Yes, running can also suck the big one at times.
Sometimes my legs feel like lead and my lungs burn. Sometimes I run too far and have to call to get picked up.
Sometimes I fall and have to hobble home with scrapes and bruises, but you know what? It’s totally worth it! The feeling that comes after a good run makes up for all the shitty ones.
To those of you who say you want to run but can’t. I encourage you to just start. The hardest step is the first one out the door. 5 years from now you’ll be so grateful that you did.
Today is #nationalrunningday I encourage you to get out there and take a step in a new direction.
#youcandoit #stepbystep #getitdone #dreambig #startsmall