Whether it was 1 kilometer or 20, chances are anyone who has ever run experienced the popular feeling labelled a runners’ high. It’s that feeling of euphoria which results immediately after a prolonged or intense run. Endorphins are “running” wild, you’re ready to conquer the world, and you can’t help but all into a state of bliss.
Whoever said that you never regret a run was absolutely right. There’s nothing like blowing off some steam, getting into the zone and feeling like you can continue running forever. Unfortunately not every single run is enjoyable. I’m not sure whether it’s necessarily a good or bad thing, but running is absolutely unpredictable: no 2 runs are ever the same. Whether you’re in for a memorable run or not, chances are you’ll only know after you’ve set off.
Although I’ve still been getting in a run or 2 a week, it’s been a long time since I have actually enjoyed the sport…and not waited to cross that 5 kilometer mark so I feel like I’ve completed a legit distance to call it quits. My runs had turned more into a habit as opposed to something I looked forward to. On Monday morning, I relied on a couple of old school mind tricks to get myself out of bed:
- You’re only one run away from a good mood
- You can call it quits after 5 minutes if you’re not feeling it
- You can go as slow as you want, just run
5 minutes turned into 20, which turned into 5km, which eventually turned into 7.5km
Granted it wasn’t my longest run nor was it my fastest. But it was a run which reminded me why I love to run in the first place…why I don’t mind sacrificing an hour of sleep to fit a run in…and why I put up with all the, pardonnez mon Français, shitty runs. While I’m all for setting goals and pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I equally appreciate those runs which focus on the mental benefits of running.
In other words, those runs which forgo the constant pressure to hit a specific distance within a certain amount of time or to burn X number of calories. The trade-off which comes in the form of temporary escape, mental clarity, emotional release, and that feeling like anything is possible sums up the beauty of running…at least to me!
Tell me about your last great workout! We all deserve to re-live those glorious moments!
What’s your workout for the day?