I have read many articles and books on how to run, what to wear when I run, and how to run my best. Each time I read something about running, I get motivated. If only I could read these articles while I'm running! I have run a half marathon, a full marathon, and many other races over the past seven years, yet I feel like a fake when I say I'm a runner. Staying motivated is very difficult. Whether it's going to the gym to run on a treadmill during the cold months, or driving somewhere in my truck to run outdoors in a safe place, I have to keep reminding myself I'm doing this to stay healthy. I know if I don't take care of myself now, my mental picture of an old lady sitting at home will come true. I want to be an active woman in my seventies; many women still run and compete in races well into their "twilight years". My senior years will be full of good times--because I will take care of myself now.
My brother tells me he will only run if something is chasing him. I know I will never be the first over the finish line, and there will always be someone who runs faster and farther. That's ok. I'm running a half marathon on May 23rd, so I'm beginning all over again this month in my training. I know my lungs will burn, I'll get a horrible cramp in my side, and I'll sweat buckets each time I continue the long road to that half marathon finish line. I have races lined up for the summer--having a goal is what keeps me running. I'll keep you posted on my progress as I add up the miles each week. I know I'll be healthier and happier as my body adjusts to running again.
And, of course, I'm reading to help me along the way. Zen and the Art of Running by Larry Shapiro is about using a Buddhist mindful approach to running. I'm hoping it will give me some new insight into running with my mind as well as my legs!