Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it, what you put into it. ~ Oprah Winfrey
One of the misconceptions people have about me, is that I have always been an active person. Nothing could be further from the truth. In high school although I may have been slim, that had nothing to do with me participating in any form of sports. In fact I skipped Physical Education for an entire term because I was inadvertently left off the attendance register. Once I realised the omission, I did not return to class, a fact which was reflected on my Report Card with a tersely written: Carla has not attended PE class this term.
So when people think that I was always a runner, Nothing could be further from the truth.
When I began my weight loss journey, I started with walking because that was the only thing I could do without feeling like I was about to suffer a heart attack. As I began to lose weight, I started running. To my surprise, one day I realised that not only had I stopped thinking it was undue torture, but I actually began to enjoy it.
I love running for several reasons:
1. Running is not dependent on the availability of anyone else. It is something I can do on my own, and not have to wait until someone else can do it with me. If it rains, I can run on a treadmill.
2. Running is a great stress reliever. I enjoy listening to music while running, which also has a very calming effect on me.
3. Running helps me get organized. I run early in the morning so I use that time to plan my activities for the day. Since I run early, no other activity can derail me.
4. Running allows me to experience the wonders of nature. I have been blessed to see some of the most beautiful sunrises at the end of a morning run.
5. Running results in weight loss (assuming you are not eating copious amounts of food after a run.)
6. Running also increases my level of endurance. When I started to run, I could barely run for a minute without gasping for breath. Now I am able to run a 10k non stop, with energy to spare. My next goal is to run a half marathon before the end of the year.
When I started running 5K road races, I discovered a whole new world where people looked forward to the social interaction of like-minded persons who loved early morning runs that were over before the sun began to peek over the mountains;
who ran even though (as a friend of mine would say) no one was chasing them;
who knew that it wasn’t enough just to cross the finish line…precious minutes or even seconds had to be cut off the time for the previous run;
for whom a bib was not what your infant wore while eating to protect clothing, and most importantly…
who knew that chip timing had nothing to do with how quickly you consumed that bag of Lays Sour Cream & Onion potato chips.
It is also very rewarding to bring home some racing bling.
Running is not for everyone, so my advice is to find an activity that you like to do, whether it is swimming, badminton, tennis or trampoline jumping, and create your own goals to achieve. The health and emotional benefits will be well worth your effort.
On your mark. Get set…