Today I am reminded of why I actually started running consistently. A few years ago our little family was hit hard by sickness. My daddy was diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer, hubby's daddy was diagnosed with psorosis of the liver ((never drank--but a BAAAD diabetic)), hubby's mom not in good health, AND the birth of our precious baby boy #2....all within a year's span.....stress is putting it lightly. I remember feeling one January afternoon that I was about to "lose control". I have run off and on throughout my 20s and 30s but never consistently---unitl that moment. I looked at hubby and said "I have to get out of here. I'm going to run. I will be back soon." Now, keep in mind this day was a gloomy, cold, wintery afternoon with chance of precipitation. Well, after about 15 minutes into the run, the snow began. It snowed and snowed and snowed! I. Loved. Every. Minute. Of. It! I felt such a release I couldn't explain--probably from the exhaustion off all of the above. When I got back from those few moments of running, I felt like I had a clearer mind and my sanity once again--a since of renewed spirit. Something happened that day---a spark was ignited---I. was. hooked.
I hear people say all the time "Oh, I am NOT a runner!" or "I can't even do half a mile!" I guess when push comes to shove, we all could say we "can't" do something.....until we are pushed to the brink. I always tell those people it's "mind over matter"---I truly believe that. It IS mind over matter. I had to clear mine that day and I instantly felt the change.
Today---with all the changes I am facing with my job---I am reminded of why I began running. Sometimes you just have to "get away" for a few minutes. Running is my outlet. Good day of running or bad day of running. Love my running!!!