Happy Global Running Day!!
This is my kind of holiday!!
There should be presents. Or a day off work (I'm actually working a 12). Or cake!!
I am so thankful and blessed to be able to do this amazing thing where I put one foot in front of the other for a very long time (sometimes very fast). With running I have found passion, motivation and SO SO SO much joy! Yes there's been some tough runs and some kilometers that really sucked, but I have never regretted going for a run and I always fall back in love with it at the end.
What started as a symptom of anorexia and anorexia athletica, a way of acting out against myself and my body, has turned into the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. Running has taught me so much, I learn something new on almost every run I go on and so much of it can translate into life lessons (I am now a pro at finding emergency places to go to the washroom #lifehack). I have learned to listen to my body, believe in myself, trust the process and how to forgive myself. Running has also taught me how to be comfortable being alone and how to rely on myself and my own two feet.
I would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for running.
Running has gotten me through the toughest times of my life. It gave me a reason to eat and to stop looking a food as the enemy. I stopped obsessively exercising when I started running and I started thinking of working out as something I get to do, want to do and a way to respect and love my body, not fight against it. Running makes me feel strong, brave, confident and proud of who I am. AND I fricken' love my runners legs! They might be a bit bigger than they used to be but they have kept up with me for MANY kilometers, have taken me to some amazing places, helped me crush some amazing goals and they are strong as HELLLLL!
Running is like a relationship. You get what you give. Sometimes you fight, you make sacrifices (including losing a couple of toe nails) and there's a chance you might get hurt, but when you find the one you actually WANT, the one that makes you feel amazing and the one you can't get enough of, you fight for it and do whatever it takes to keep it. You make it work because it makes you want to be the best version of yourself. It supports you, motivates you and helps you grow, it's there for you when you need it, you can't possibly imagine your life without it and you just love it SO DAMN MUCH.
At least I think this is what relationships should be like, but I'm single... and I'm a crazy runner... so what do I know?!
I know one thing... running is cool!!
I wish more people would love running as much as I do but I know it's hard and scary to start. I also fully believe that if you don't enjoy running then you wont do it, but how will you know unless you try?! Don't let my jokes about emergency washrooms scare you. I promise, the runners high really IS as amazing as you may hear and you will feel incredible, strong and motivated! Is those things don't entice you, can I encourage you with food??
I feel like I should put a disclaimer here: any injury or incident that is caused in result of my motivation to run is not my fault or responsibility. I WILL however, continue to encourage you, offer any support or knowledge I can, be there to rant about chafing, blisters, locked washrooms and your music source dying before you're ready to stop and I will absolutely run with you if ask. I'll even hold food or beer in front of you.
So to my running friends AND my non-running friends, Happy Global Running Day!
I really hope you get to run today, or you at least want to give it a try. If you do, even if it's a block or to the fridge, you should pledge with Global Running Day, track your run on Strava and tell people how cool running is!
PS!! IF YOU READ THIS COULD YOU LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW OR LET ME KNOW YOU READ IT?! I HAVE NO IDEA WHO READS THIS THING AND I DON'T KNOW IF I'LL KEEP DOING IT.