Every day I lace up my tennis shoes, step outside, and take my departure. It is me and the road ahead of me. The sweltering hot Georgia heat is burning my body, and soon I become drenched in sweat. My music blasting in my ear is perfect for covering up the sound of my heavy breathing. The more miles I check off, the more tiresome I become. These feelings sound painful and miserable, but I love it. My absolute favorite time of the day is when I am running. What running does for me is more than just a form of working out. The mental, physical, and life benefits I have the privilege of gaining from running keeps me going with each run I do.
Running is my one-on-one time with myself. It is my favorite form of self-care. It is a time for me to forget all of the problems surrounding me in this rollercoaster of a life.
Running is what keeps my sanity in control. Any day I go without running drives me up the wall crazy. It is actually becoming a problem for me (in a good way).
Running is what is keeping me healthy. It is my primary form of fitness.
Running has taught me the power of having gratitude and a thankful heart. For example, when I feel tired and want to stop, I think about people who would love to be doing what I am doing. As I move along each mile, I give thanks I have two perfect legs to help me do so. As I continue to breathe heavy while battling the south Georgia heat, I think about how grateful I am to have lungs that are in good shape and do not give out on me. These thoughts are what keep me going each mile.
Running has made me strong. I am amazed at myself that I feel this passionate about running. Hell, five years ago, I could barely run a mile without stopping and crying. Now, I am running every single day without doubt (sorry I am tooting my own horn here).
Running has been a crucial part of my growth, both in age and in maturity. I know that sounds crazy, but it is the truth. I have been a runner for seven years, and looking back, I am stunned at how far I have come in a short period. My life journey is just beginning, and I am excited to see how much I grow over the next seven years. The benefits I gain from running will forever be a part of me, and for that, I will be forever grateful. I am a better person because of running.