I’m not a seasoned runner, in fact there are times I don’t like running 😉 but I’ve had enough good days of running now to know how good it feels or experience that rush of endorphins and knowing that it’s the easiest way to get a good sweaty cardio session in! Let’s face it, it’s also one of the most basic movements for human beings. I decided to rise above me ‘not liking’ running and work towards getting good at it. It still hasn’t happened, I’m still not good at it but I have been enjoying the process. Tomorrow I run my third 10k at the Standard Chartered Marathon Dubai. I do need all the luck in the world because today I woke up feeling feverish and a dull head cold (I know! What I’m timing right?!). I thought I’d list out the reasons I started running, just so that I keep that list in mind when I need to push myself to complete every kilometre tomorrow morning InshAllah.
- It challenges me – physically yes but more than that it challenges me mentally, I’m working on reducing the volume on that voice in my head that keeps saying “stop, this is not for you, you can’t do this” “you’re not capable”. One day this voice will be a lot more encouraging when I run 🙂
- It’s the cheapest way to get a good cardio session in – I LOVE lifting but I also know that to stay athletic and agile, I need to keep my conditioning in check as well and running is an excellent boost to my endurance levels.
- I’ve experienced experienced runners call ‘the runner’s high’ and I was to feel that more often 🙂 It’s a happy feeling after all so why not!
- I’ve experienced that sweet spot when my mind and body cooperate with each other and I can just keep going – I want to be able to channel that kind of mind and body sync whenever there is a need and running teaches you that so well.
- It questions that whole notion which all of us often fall prey to – It’s difficult for me, so might as well just stay away from it – erm no! I want to increase my fitness level and being able to do a comfortable 5k will get me closer to that goal 🙂