Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It IS Worth It!

As many of you know I have struggled with injury after injury this year. I'm not going to ramble about it much  tonight because you can read about it here and here and here and here and here and here... I think you get the point. I have been whiny about my injuries this year, and that is only a sample of the posts about being injured: sadly there are more.

I was tracking facebook today and saw one of my friends post a quote about how running is hard on your body. My immediate internal response was, uh huh and you needed someone else to tell you that? But my public comment was much more forgiving. Bottom line, running is hard on your body but darn it, it is worth it.

Stress is also hard on the body. It doesn't just impact your mind... I was having a particularly perplexing day today and I really needed an outlet, a friend. I posted something on facebook about needing either a workout or a friend. I was lucky enough to get both. One of my friends read between the lines of the post and offered me exactly what I needed, some good conversation AND a workout. At 9:30, my friend Amy and I, met up at the trail for a quick 3 mile run. As we ran I remembered and experienced two very important things

1) Late night running is the best!
2) Running eases both the mind and the body.

You see, my friend Amy is a listener and I am a talker. Don't get me wrong, I am a great listener when my friends need me but I can talk with the best of them. Amy met me on the trail and I had a lot to say. I had many moments today that included me feeling scared, frustrated, happy, sad, anxious, etc. and then I felt abandoned when all I was looking for was a friend. Running allowed me to process all of these feelings in a healthy way and on top of it I had another great friend there to listen to me (By the way, I did let her talk too if you were wondering).

Basically, even though I was feeling slightly stressed and my body was tense, going for that run relaxed both my mind and my body.

So the moral of this story is this: If anyone ever tells you running is hard on your body, you better believe them; if they tell you it isn't worth it, run away!!! 

3 comments:

  1. Wow, this Amy sounds awesome. Hmmm, I hope I enjoy my workout with her tonight! The truth comes out - you love running. That's what I took from this!

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  2. What an awesome run when you needed it most!

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  3. It's always great to have a running partner to share with. Things tend to come out in running conversation that wouldn't necessarily otherwise. And they tend to stay in running conversation. Another of the many things I love about running! I'm glad you have someone to share that time and conversation with, and yes, it IS worth it!

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