Cross country camp wrapped up today for my eldest. It’s been a busy two weeks with “camp” in the evening 4 days each week. Seeing my daughter back in the game, combined with one of the “asks” from Coach MK as part of my training program, got me thinking about “why” I run.
- Running is for me.Whether I run solo (often the case), in a race, or with my running group, I still get to do this for me. It’s on my terms, something I can control and do to better myself.
- Running is for my kids.
I know, I just said it’s for me. But really, it’s both. Just like working helps my children to see that women can have career ambitions and spouses can share the load, running models a healthy example for them. My children have become athletic now too – even my son, who couldn’t care less about football/basketball/soccer, loves doing gymnastics. My eldest asks me for advice when it comes to cross country season just like she asks my husband for advice in soccer season. And every time I hear my almost-four-year-old Cecy ask “can I watch you run?” (on the treadmill) or “I want to run like you, mommy,” it makes me feel proud.
- Did someone say “Stress”?
Running does the endorphins good. Some days when I am having a bad day (or heck, bad week) it helps immensely to be able to get out there and sweat away the stress. Feeling “strong” isn’t too bad either.
- Competition – with myself
I’m a goal-oriented person who always needs something new to strive for. As I an nowhere near elite level I’ve got loads of room for improvement. This means lots of goals, lots of “wins” as I try to meet them: tackling a new distance, setting a PR, completing a challenge such as the “Run the Year 2016” challenge I’m currently in.
- My Health
One day soon I hope that I’ll eventually lose weight due to running! Running is funny like that – your body adapts and when you train you feel like you need to eat ALL THE FOOD, so it’s hard to really lose weight. That said, I’ve lost about 10 lb since I got serious about running a couple years ago. 10 lb weight, but muscle and strength aren’t included in that number so I’ll take it. I get my biometric screening each year for my health insurance and my results are consistently good. Despite a family history of health issues and my own asthma I have low cholesterol, low blood pressure, a healthy weight, and asthma completely under control. Running definitely plays a part in all that.
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there – especially this one!