Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Sometimes, upon finding out we're a runner, we get asked questions. Recently I came upon a list that made me smile.
And then the next day I came across this list:
Seeing the two lists made me smile. Yes, I've had to explain that not every time I race will it be a marathon. In fact, I haven't run a marathon in over eight years. Not only that, but not every run I do is a race. To run a marathon means hundreds of miles will be run solely as training runs. Yes, I do experience soreness, and no, I don't talk about it much. Thing is, if I can't mentally and physically bear a little bit of soreness now, then how do I expect myself to handle the rigors of a marathon? Don't worry, my knees are fine. In fact, as I've worked on building all the muscles that support my knees, they're actually better now than before I started getting into distance training.
And as for they why's . . . I feel I've said it a million times throughout this blog. Heart, soul and body. Running is good for the ticker and the body, physically speaking (bone density, keeping the weight in check, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc). And running is amazingly good at providing time for me to regroup. We're in such a race nowadays to always be connected and to hurry up and get things done. Going for a long run is a break from any and all technology (except my watch) and the demands of others, and it's time to get back in touch with nature. Sort of like an opportunity to reboot the body. And of course the benefits of running go further than the act itself. Being a runner who's training for a race forces me to be more disciplined in terms of diet and sleep, for example.
What's funny is that neither list mentions the question I've recently been asked that caught me off guard. One of my in-laws asked me if I still ran. Granted, he was aware that I had had surgery earlier in the year, and maybe he thought I was still not recovered enough to start running again. So I'll give him that. Thing is, having friends who've resumed running after having had open heart surgery, brain surgery, and giving birth to sextuplets, etc., it's really amazing what the body can recover from. I guess that question threw me because, honestly, I've never considered not running. Sure, until I received my doctor's green light I did go for long walks and I used the elliptical (the elliptical was fine as it wasn't weight bearing). But as soon as I got that green light I had to get back to running again, as awkward and uncomfortable as it was.
So in a way it's kind of nice knowing that we runners get asked questions regarding our passion. It's sort of like yet another thing that keeps us binded together.