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A Tribute to Running

by Marissa on January 7, 2013

Running MantraWhen I make up my mind to do something. I do it all out.

Over the weekend I ran the Joe Kleinerman 10K in Central Park. The first race of the 9 +1 (9 New York Road Runner-sponsored road races and 1 volunteering credit) needed to gain automatic entry into the NYC Marathon.

I’ve done this before so it’s not new, but I never thought I’d be doing it again.

After I crossed the NYC Marathon finish line in 2008, I had already decided it would be my last time. Not because it wasn’t fun or thrilling. It was that and so much more.

But I’d trained alone and given up a huge chunk of my social life. I had no interest in doing it again.

When David told me he wanted to run the NYC Marathon and I explained how to get guaranteed entry, his eyes lit up and he gave me *that* “you’re going to do it with me, aren’t you?” look.

How could I refuse?

So that’s the plan (at least for now). Ironically, David was too sick to run the 10K on Saturday so I trekked to Central Park alone to represent. May I add that the haul from downtown Manhattan to the Upper East Side is tough on a Saturday morning in 20 degree weather? No wonder I don’t do it more often!

While I ran, I had plenty of time to think. I thought about running, mostly. About the Shape.com article I had read the day before featuring fit women who don’t run. I wondered where I’d be, who I’d be were I not a runner.

I don’t know, but this is what I do know:

  • This has always been my running mantra: “The longer I run, the smaller the problems become” I saw it in Runner’s World Magazine eight years ago, tore it out and hung it up. It’s still hanging.
  • Running has made me physically and mentally strong, it has carried me through some of the most difficult times in my life.
  • I started running in college. It was random. I didn’t think about it too much, no couch to 5K or online research. Nobody even blogged about it then. There were no blogs. It just felt like something I should do, so I did. Thank God.
  • I love running alone. Me, the road, my music and my thoughts.
  • Running is where I find my inspiration for almost everything I do. It’s also where I work out most of my problems.
  • I used to fear the bad runs, now I know they also make me stronger. This is a recent revelation.
  • I’ve never run to race. I only run to run.
  • I hope I’m still running when I’m 85.

When I took a running hiatus earlier last year I cried a lot because I didn’t know if I would find my way back. As I ran on Saturday, I reflected back on that hiatus and everything I’ve just listed above.

I wondered why I ever doubted my return.

If you’re a runner, what’s 1 thing you love about running? What one thing has running done for you? Comment below. 

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6 comments
Courtney
Courtney

I could not agree more with your view and thank you for the inspiring mantra:o) I think running is such a great sport that will forever build confidence..whether it's running continuously for 1 minute or for 26.2 miles..you always finish feeling better than you did when you started! What's better than that!

Juliette @ Finish Your Broccoli
Juliette @ Finish Your Broccoli

Great post, Marissa. I have a love-hate relationship with running. I got into it about a year and a half ago when co-workers urged me to sign up for the Rock 'n' Roll 10K in Prospect Park. I HATED running before because I associated it with tedious bootcamp-y workouts of timed 3 miles for lacrosse in high school that I never really enjoyed. But once I started to run for myself, I got into such a groove. After the 10K I signed up for a 10 mile race and last fall, I signed up for a half marathon. I started training for the half when I switched jobs and it became something that I was starting to resent. It wasn't bringing me the joy that it used to - it felt more like a chore and I would become upset with myself if my pace was lagging. I decided to back out of the half about halfway through and I'm glad I did it. I was able to re-assess why I started running in the first place--for fun. I recently found out I was accepted into the Nike Women's Half Marathon in DC in April and I'm feeling much better about running now. The unnecessary pressure I put on myself is no longer there and I'm just going to run to simply run and enjoy it.

Jenn
Jenn

Love this post Marissa- I haven't been running consistently over the past few months. I love fitting in a long run to have some quiet space to think and also for the happy/fulfilled feeling you get when you're done. I love your mantra too; I'll have to use that next time.

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