We all run for different reasons. Some of us run for fun, others because we have to in order to fit into that favorite pair of jeans. Maybe the doctor has prescribed it for health reasons? Or you’ve found it is the best stress reliever of all time? I have many reasons, but mostly, I complain about needing to, and am very skilled at finding an excuse at every turn to delay or skip a very much needed run. And with crazy schedules this time of the year, it’s even easier to find reasons to skip a run.
As I struggled through a late, procrastinated run yesterday evening, I remembered an email I received earlier this year from a lady who replied to a post I wrote about running:
“I just read your blog entry about running. Just wanted to tell you that it touched me very deeply. I loved to run. Love Love Loved it. I ran track and cross country in high school and it was my passion. The end of my sophomore year of high school I was in a car accident that left me paralyzed and requiring the use of a wheelchair. I cried. A lot. Not because I wasn’t going to walk again. But because I would never run again. I just wanted you to know from one runner to another … I loved the post! And kick some serious butt in that 5K this week!”
Before I didn’t think much about running because I could. I thought about how I ran because I needed to, and I thought about every reason under the sun to avoid it, to be lazy, to whine, and grumble.
With Thanksgiving this week, I’m reminded again of the lady who contacted me, and others like her, who would be ecstatic to have the chance to run. Something I have easily taken for granted. We have so many things to be thankful for, and yes, for most of us, running can be one of those too.
So this week while remembering those things I’m thankful for, I’m challenging myself to change my mindset toward running and exercise in general, from one of “I have to,” to one of “I get to.” I know I’ll be trying to squeeze in activity in the middle of the hurried fray of the next few months, but I’ll also be trying to remember to smile more and whine less as I run, and to be thankful for each step I get to take.
Will you join me?
Happy running, y’all!