For me, running is something I've never been able to do. Even as a child my ankles would twist constantly (and I was very active and very tiny but could never run). Last year when I felt like I could add a little bit of running to my walking my knees would pop and I couldn't walk for a couple of days.
But now I can run - only for short periods still (I'm still working on week 2) - but I can do it.
It is an accomplishment, something I can do which I couldn't before.
For me running is usually a chore, however, I like to run because I feel accomplished and week after week I see my progress in my endurance. After I run for a little while I get an incredible itch in my stomach and thighs that comes from the lactic acid moving to the skin and I can literally feel the exercise working.
Oh Mary, I love the ME time too! I asked my husband to run with me this morning and after I did I started feeling odd, that I would rather be alone! It surprised me, but it didn't matter anyway, his legs are longer and he ran faster anyway. Today was my first 20 minute run with no walking! I was so proud!! I get exactly what you're saying about the rewards, I feel like its my special thing too.
I love not recognizing my body in the mirror!
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My husband and sister in law have been runners for years. I was very resistant. That is a severe understatement.
Originally I started this program because I wanted to be able to run with my husband. As the weeks have gone by though, I find myself wanting to do it for whole other reasons. Reasons I never expected.
It is ME time. It feels good to do so much more than I ever thought I could do. It makes me feel important to myself. I'm always very busy being important to other people and putting myself dead last.
When I'm running (and I use that term loosely because I'm not really running very far- YET) there is only me and what I'm trying to accomplish. That's it. A single minded, focused effort and I'm the only one rewarded for it. It's mine. I'm actually beginning to feel quite protective about it.
I love how clear minded I feel afterwards. My brain feels faster. My reflexes are quicker. I opened a cupboard door yesterday and a little bottle of vitamins tumbled out. I caught it midair and a month ago it would have hit me in the face before I ever knew it was falling. It's almost like I'm connected to my body again when I had the switch turned off for so long.
This is getting too lengthy so I'll stop. But thanks for starting this thread. I hadn't put into words yet how I feel about it, even to myself.
I thought it would be fun to share what running means to us, how it makes us feel or why we decided to run.
For me, running is so much more than exercise, it doesn't feel like exercise to me at all, I WANT to get up and run. I don't care that its raining and windy from a hurricane, I WANT to run, I want to FINISH. I love the feeling when I'm done, when my body is tired from being stressed, when my head is proud that I pushed through the mental game. I love the feeling my skin has after a run too!! Strange I know, but it feels cleaner and smoother. And I love the happy feeling after a run that stays with me for hours.
Since I've started running, I don't care as much what I weigh. Running makes me feel pretty.
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