Happy #NationalRunningDay! That’s not something I ever thought I would type. If you’ve been following along lately, I’ve been running to train for a 5k in July.
I started running in college during my sophomore year because I lived with three athletes and dated one so I felt like I needed to be more active. Then it became a way to deal with my anxiety when my ex broke up with me two weeks before my senior year of college. Although I could only run a mile, it gave me something to do, it got me out of the apartment, and made me feel a little bit better.
I fell off after graduation, and I started running more “seriously”—by that I mean more than once a week—a few months ago. Not sure if it was because of the winter blues, but I felt like I needed something to look forward to, so I signed up for a 5k. I figured it was manageable. One of my co-workers is going to run with me, and I’m excited that it’s going to be in Newport right on the water.
I doubt I’ll ever run a marathon, because I don’t think I was made for long distance running. But even just being able to go out and run a mile is better than nothing. Last week I ran my goal of three miles on the track at my old high school, and I was quite proud of myself. I’ve also ran on the treadmill in my basement at home a couple times for a half hour, and that’s more for endurance and being able to run for a half hour straight.
So whether you can run just a mile like me, or you can run marathons, happy national running day. Grab your sneakers and favorite playlist and hit the pavement.
As Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”
For a brief period of my adult life, I got it into my head that I could be a runner. Or, at the very least, a jogger with a pace slightly faster than walking. I ran in a 10k two years in a row. Then I quit. And there’s a part of me that would really like to get into it again, but I just lack the motivation. And then I think about a quote from Ann Perkins on Parks & Recreation: “Jogging is the worst! I know it keeps you healthy, but God, at what cost?!”
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It can be really hard to motivate yourself to run. I bring my running stuff with me to work and change right after and go to the track, because if I go home and sit down, all hope is lost. And I 100% agree with Ann Perkins.
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