I can’t believe how good I’m feeling right now. Physically, I have a long way to go, but after yesterday morning’s run, I just felt amazing. Focussed, happy and content with everything. I don’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed and at ease with the world.
They say that running is all about state of mind. You have to overcome the mental and emotional challenge to deal with the physical, but it seems it goes both ways. Getting those runs in three times a week creates a sense of achievement, but it’s so much more than that. I don’t know why this is exactly or how to describe it. It just feels good.
So, when I was woken up this morning by the sound of my neighbours partying, I didn’t mind. I didn’t get angry or annoyed or stressed about it. I just got up, got dressed, had some coffee and went for a run.
I’m on Week 2 Day 2 now of C25K and the run wasn’t easy. I started too fast and struggled with my breathing for a while, but I stuck with it, using the walking sections to try to get my breathing right. It was a tough run, but I wanted it to count, so I kept it slow and steady and tried to work on my breaths.
By the final running section, my legs were tired, but I picked up the pace for those last ninety seconds and finished strong. It felt amazing. I felt amazing. And I still do.
I know there will be days and weeks when it won’t feel so good. I know there will be times when I will feel too tired to run or just want to give up. But I won’t, because right now I know how good it feels.
I can’t put this feeling in a bottle for later, but I don’t need to. Because I know that when I feel like I need a swig of this good stuff, all I need to do is get up, get out and go for a run.
No matter how hard it is at the time, there’s just something about running that makes me feel good!