Appreciating the Run

by - Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I'm always amazed at just how much I want to run when I physically can't.

Like last week, when I was sick and laid up in bed, all I wanted to do was be outside doing something active. I was dying to put on my sneakers and go for a run or take advantage of the beautiful weather and get in a bike ride.

The fact that I was stuck in the house made me cranky and irritable.

But when I'm perfectly healthy and could physically tackle a bike ride or a run without a problem, I don't have that burning desire to get outside.

All of a sudden it's too easy for me to fill my schedule with other things, stay up too late and make myself too exhausted to function, and just in general take for granted the fact that I could running.

Why is that?

Why can't I have that same burning desire to run when I'm feeling healthy. Why, when everything is going well and I should be hitting my workouts without a problem, does my motivation tank?

I finally got out for my first run in a while this week and boy did it feel good. The run wasn't fast and it was only a three miler, but I appreciated that my body was up and moving. And the endorphins kept pumping long after I got home.

It felt awesome to be moving again.

I need to try harder to remember that feeling and I need to keep reminding myself to take advantage of the days when I'm healthy to do something I love. There will come a time when I'm sick or injured and can't workout, so I need to remember to embrace the days when I can.

As winter winds down and my training plan is about to start up, I'm hoping it will be easier to do that.

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