Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Running Anniversary

It’s been almost a year I started running. I completed my first ever half maiden 15Dec'2013 last year,  ran a trail-a-thon,  another half on 16March'14(with improved timings).  Life has been blessed and wonderful since I started running.

Half Marathon on Formula 1 track,  International Buddh Circuit
I still remember almost a year ago I laced up some sneakers and headed out the front door on my very first run/walk.  I could hardly run a 100mt (post surgery) before I had to stop and walk for a minute, and again run and walk, I completed my first 1.5k loop.  It took me 3 months to actually be able to complete 2 loops i.e. 3k of run without stopping.  I felt like I had finished a Marathon.  I was so excited!  After that day, I don’t stop to walk on a run.  Somehow I was hooked.  My lifetime dream was to run 5k.  And then I found a group running in my vicinity area.  I called them and they just asked to join them.  And in no time I was running with one of them.  It’s still hard to believe that I completed my first ever 5.8km the same day.  I was astounded and was on the top of the world that the goal which I thought would take a year; I was able to do in a day.  The next day he made me ran 7k.  
And my life changed since then.

After the worst blisters I had because of the normal shoes, the same week.  The first thing I did was got some good running shoes and clothes.  I ran a 10k, 15k and 20k before the big day.  I found myself craving that running time every day, and finding huge benefits emotionally (burns stress, clears my mind, gives me energy, helps me focus, helps me feel good about myself... basically "recharges" me), along with the physical benefits. 
A lot of days my run is the only time I have to myself and one of the only things I do for myself. I crave it!

It feels really good to think that I am in better shape now.  Running has become not only my exercise but my hobby and a passion. Some days it is hard to find the time to run. Some days running is just hard. But I am always glad that I did it when I finish a run and it is always worth the effort.

Yes, as some people have pointed out, it is "just running". I have a wonderful life, incredible husband, awesome daughter, loving family, friends, a safe home, my health, etc. etc. etc. Nothing will ever be more important than my family. Yet those who know me and care about me also know that to me, running is more than "just running". This isn't something I am just doing to be in shape or a hobby. It is important. It matters to me. It is a calling. It is part of who I am. My dreams and goals are important.

Running has given me a sense of personal satisfaction and accomplishment. Running has helped me reduce my stress and increase my patience. Running has helped me make taking care of myself a priority and to better balance my life. Running helped me find a part of myself... a part that is athletic, strong, tough, brave, determined, and confident...a part of me that I didn't know existed. Every day running betters my body, mind and soul.

My ultimate long term running goal is to be a runner for life. I want to always be able to start my day with a run... no matter how far or how fast (or slow) it is. 

I want to be able to say "I am a runner" for the rest of my life.
I hope that I am counting "Running Anniversaries" for many years to come. :)

"Be Thankful for all things in life. Even for the bad things. SOMETIMES the worst situations in life turn out to be the best things that ever happened to us." - John Wilson