I tell my kids to try something before they tell me that they do not like it. I mean REALLY try something, not just sort of sniff at it and declare it a “no go.” But see, I have being doing just that all my life with running. I have declared it to be something I would never do. I could not imagine that I would be any good at it, let alone actually enjoy it, so I just never even tried. Over the last few months, I have met so many people who are into running. As they were all around me in the states, I finally was introduced to the Couch to 5K program. It is made for people like me who have never run in their lives besides a quick jog after a rogue toddler now and again.
With my interest mounting, I took the opportunity to get fitted for proper running shoes, bought myself one outfit (including bra and special socks) then just downloaded the app…and I was off. Seriously. I couldn’t believe it either! I actually cried when I completed the first run. I cried out of pride, exhaustion, and shock at how happy I was. Happiness…who knew exercise caused that? Hush, I had read about endorphin rush too, but really, do you believe everything you read?
The next day I was sore and I realised why the app has you start running every other day or even just 3 times a week. The rest and recovery is all part of the regime.
I never knew that I would crave the solitude that I get with running. I mean, I knew I did not like the crowded gym, and it never occurs to me to call a friend for exercise over a glass of wine, but I did not put it together that the best part of this whole new habit would have nothing to do with endorphin rush. I am alone. Simply alone in my cave of music. Simply alone in the big open world. Some days I feel like I don’t have three kids, but rather one loud octopus for all the limbs I have constantly wrapped around some part of me. On the days that the kids are all at school, I have so many little bits of things to do that my mind is fractured into a bunch of busy pieces. I am grateful to be able to work from home doing what I love and to have all those healthy kids, but with new ideas coming to me in the shower and a notebook for creative brain floods by my bed, I hardly ever settle my mind. When I run, my mind is free and I really feel like I could do anything. Pretty powerful stuff that I would never had known was out there for me if I had not just shut up the sarcasm and headed outside.
So listen up kids, Try it, you might love it.
Doing your own Couch to 5K? Let me know! We can cheer each other on!