Happy National Running Day!
I might be a triathlete now, but I have always been a runner. I started running at the age of 13 (that’s 17 years of running), more than half of my life. I’ll never forget the first time I discovered my love and natural ability for the sport… running several laps in my parents backyard (not kidding!). Although running has caused some frustration in recent years i.e. knee surgery and stubborn injuries, it has taught me many valuable lessons and for that, I am grateful. I will always consider running to be my ‘first love’ when it comes to exercise and sports.
In honor of this day, I thought I would write a thank you letter to my dear friend: Running
Thank you for:
- Always making me feel better when I’ve had a bad day
- Teaching me courage (and heartbreak)
- Coming natural to me, when I am with you I feel at home
- Keeping my legs strong and toned
- Giving me a challenge: when it’s hot outside, when there’s a hill, or when I’m just plain tired
- Making me feel humble– when I am surrounded by those who are faster than me
- Giving me confidence, in life, while training or during a race
- Relieving my stress (thank you endorphins!)
- Teaching me how to overcome the struggle of injuries: knees, feet, hips, we’ve been through it all together
- Always listening… I can get my thoughts out with you, as if you were my diary
- Keeping my blood pressure and heart rate low
- Giving me body awareness, when things feel good (or not so good) you always tell me
- Making me feel fast
- Always being there for me. I am lost without you. I consider you one of my best friends.
- Guiding me through three marathons in two years
- Being the final leg of Triathlon that I always look forward to
- Teaching me grace
All of these things and more, I am grateful for the ability to run.
Your life-long friend,
When did you first start running? What does running make you grateful for?