…Time to yourself
Who ever said you can’t Run from your problems… Running provides the perfect escape from all of life’s ups and downs. Work, family, finances…there are a million and one origins for stress. Some bring about good stress, others bring about bad. Stress can pile up and personal fitness can be neglected, but disregarding these elements has negative consequences. Take some time, clear your schedule for an hour, and move.
Schedule time for yourself, put it into your Google calendar, tell your significant other, your friends, your family, your dog. Publicly sign up for it, and do it. Run in athletic gear, run in your jeans, run in the nude…just run. There are plenty of options; take to streets in front of your house or hop in the car and drive to the local park. Find a field. Find a mountain. Just go.
Find your path.
…Time with those you care about
You will, at times, find yourself running with someone on a different ability level then yourself. I have always enjoyed running with those who are faster than I, as it has always pushed me harder. Running with a more advanced runner brings a slice of the race day excitement to a normal hum-drum training run. The ambition to succeed, striving to push yourself faster and faster is a drug that can easily be indulged in with some friendly competition. Meetup.com was my first experience with this, and I must say I learned a good deal of runner etiquette, race day prep, and overall training techniques from these brothers and sisters of trail.
When I go out with my wife, we go at a comfortable pace for the two of us. It gives us time to spend together, while getting the miles in we need for our respective training plans. Running may be a hobby and method of relaxation, but it is also an obligation and for anyone with a numbered bib in their future, miles must be tallied. Using some of this time for the dual purpose of training and connecting with those important to you makes it that much more enjoyable.
…Time to reconnect with nature
Everyone loves time to disconnect from modern life. No email, phone calls, texts, tweets or hashtags. Far too many of us work in buildings that keep us away from sun and fresh air, bound to a desk with little movement throughout the workday. I luckily have a window…but it doesn’t open, sadly…so although I am privileged enough with natural light, I must still endure the forced climate of whatever the building is set to. Which, confidentially, is set to “freezing cold air” in the winter and “uncomfortably warm” in the summer. I feel like some one has them switched.
Getting outside is something I look forward to at the end of most every day, even if it is a sidewalk trot around the neighborhood. I long ago came to terms with my employment as means to an end, and I do enjoy what I do despite my gripes here – but hey, it is a running blog after all.
The weekend runs “away from it all” are the best. When you can ‘break free the surly bonds’ and just go…those are the days I live for.
What do you live for?