A Running Fool (?)
Honestly, I’m not quite sure how it all came about. All I can recall for certain is a Facebook friend had decided to take up running via a “Couch to 5K” running app, I had such an app already on my iPhone, and decided to virtually complete the program with her. Because guess what? As many other people had discovered before me, it can be easier to stick with such commitments when you partner up with someone on it.
Almost five years later I’m still running. Oh, there have been stops-and-starts along the way. Life can get busy, usual routines are thrown asunder for one reason or another, and sometimes you simply decide a bit of extra sleep is more important than hitting the pavement or the treadmill. But I keep coming back to it: I keep revisiting a core playlist dubbed “Running Tunes”. I keep having the desire to basically roll out of bed, lace up my running shoes, and get going a few mornings every week. I want to move.
When I have taken a break from running for whatever reason – particularly a longer one – I notice the effects of not exercising regularly. Certain joints get sore. I don’t have as much energy. I start getting a bit cranky because having a desk job means it is very easy to sit most of the day away. This body is able to move – I know not everyone’s can with ease – and I don’t want to waste the opportunities to use it. Plus, as an introvert I find it’s a fantastic opportunity for me to recharge. I’d rather listen to music than carry on a longer conversation (the latter is what coffee dates are for anyway). Generally I’m not hoping to sort through a tricky problem in my life, or a Bible verse I may be wrestling with, or a sticky plot point or recalcitrant character in a story. Nope, let me listen to some something with a good beat and give my brain a break/reboot. Then I can come back to any of the aforementioned things with a clearer perspective.
So yeah, I run. Maybe I am a fool for doing so … but I don’t think so – not if I keep it in the proper place on my priority list. Annnnd I have no good place to end this. So …