Running is like going to a therapist, guys! It really is! Well no, it’s not. It’s cheaper!
When I run I think about whatever is bothering me inside; whether it is something happening at work or something happening on my personal life. As I run, I think on how to fix this problem. While I do this, I am not only solving the problem in my head, to execute it later, but I am running without even noticing. Running is a metal game. You can’t say you are tired, because you will get tired. You can’t say it’s too hot, because it will get hot. You can’t say your feet hurt, because they will hurt. You have got to enjoy the view and let that view inspire your thoughts! It is as if my brain is more active. Why? Because there is nothing distracting me while I run. My phone is not ringing with a new notification, the TV is not stealing my attention and the internet isn’t begging for attention. It’s just me and my thoughts and some sweat here and there.
Something that motivates me a lot is to set a long term goal and many short term goals in between. For example, a long term goal would be running a marathon next year and the short term goals will be daily and weekly achievements to get there. I always know how much I will run before I start running, because that’s how I challenge myself. Sometimes I want to beat a certain distance and sometimes I just want to beat a certain time. Do you have any idea how good you feel after making one of these goals? If you do, awesome! You can agree with me on this one! And if you don’t, GO FOR IT! Set a goal (a challenging, but realistic one) whether it is to run for half a mile or a marathon, and when you achieve the goal you set for yourself you will see that it truly is the best feeling ever. You feel that if you can achieve that goal, you can really do anything you set your mind to.
One of the most rewarding feelings I have gained from running is seeing my progress. I am by no means ready for a marathon yet. But I can say I am ready for a half marathon. And let me tell you, when I started running I couldn’t finish a mile without walking. Yes. That’s how bad it was! Now I can’t imagine not running. It really is a rewarding hobby/sport/therapy or whatever you want to label it as. I promise you that if you give it a try, you won’t regret it. But just a piece of advise, start slow and at your own pace. Progress won’t happen from one day to the next, but it will happen.
Give it a try! And come back and tell me how it went!
And if you are a runner, give me some tips! Share the wealth!