Why I Run
I’ve never been a runner. I started running at 37, but I have never loved it, and never understood the people who run because they love running. I remember asking our Freihofer’s Training Challenge coach if he loved the actual process of running- the gasping for air and the legs that feel like lead- or did he just love how he felt after. When he told he me loved the actual running part? I told him he was out of his mind.
While I still don’t actually enjoy the running part, I do love how I feel after and I’ve learned that it’s a form of delayed gratification. The reward only comes after pushing yourself out of your comfort zone (which, let’s face it… my idea of a marathon used to be a day of back to back episodes of Sex and the City on E!) and making yourself go a little further than you thought you could.
After turning 40 this year, I wanted to make some changes in my life and that included taking better care of myself. I pay more attention to what I eat (and drink) and make running a priority. But it’s not just for me. I want to be around for a long time. I have two young kids and I want them to learn the importance of being healthy and active. I want to be a good role model for my daughter, who is my biggest cheerleader at the Freihofer’s every year and is always watching when I come home from a long run on Saturday mornings. I want her to know that she may not look like the girls in fashion magazines when she gets older, but that it’s more important to be healthy and strong than to be skinny. Running also clears my mind, and gives me a good chunk of time (30 minutes, an hour, whatever I can fit in) to just…. be. Listen to music. Listen to podcasts. Listen to the sound of my feet hitting the pavement (and try not to listen to myself gasping for air). I love to look at everything around me and enjoy the solitude of the bike path on a weekday morning. I don’t have to answer the phone, return a text, talk to co-workers, or roll my eyes at idiotic posts on facebook.
So, at the end of the day…. I run for all of those reasons. I may not love it. But I love that I am doing it.
And I love that my kids are trying it too. They may not like it, or even stick with it, but I am trying to encourage them to do community events that involve some sort of physical activity. One of the things we do as a family is go to the Ciccotti Center. We swim, run around in the gym, shoot hoops and have a good time. For the last 3 years, we have all taken part in the Crossings 5K. Rodger welcomes the runners and starts the race, I run the 5K and the kids do the Fun Run. They love crossing the finish line and getting a medal like an Olympian. There is a ton to do, lots of (healthy!) food and kids activities, as well as music and some familiar mascots.
It’s a great way to get your family active, and it helps support the Colonie Youth Center programs for families right here in our community.
This year’s Crossings 5K is coming up on Sunday, September 29th. To learn more and register, go to ColonieYouthCenter.org.
See you there!