3 Miles: Why I love running today!

Yesterday on one of my favourite blogs Margarita Shapes Up over at glamour.com, Margarita answered a question I had asked a few weeks before! I’m amric_1409 (obviously) and I was wondering how Margarita managed to build up to running 4 miles so quickly, because to me it seemed like an impossible task!
About a month ago I was struggling through a two-mile jog, well today I ran three miles OUTSIDE! Twelve laps of the 400 m track that is on campus, the last time I ran on that track I could only squeeze out seven laps. I was looking forward to this run all day, I think I’m addicted to it. When I’m running, I zone out and concentrate on is the music in my ear and my feet hitting the ground. It’s almost meditative.

Of course, after about six or seven laps I began wondering why on earth I’d been looking forward to this pain. By that point I had a terrible stitch in my side and the cold air was making it difficult to breath, which is probably why I got the stitch. But I knew that I’d made it over halfway and I wasn’t about to stop. I really agree with a lot of the commenter’s on Margarita’s blog, running is at least 50-60 per cent mental. My side hurt, I was cold, I was tired, the cold air was hurting my lungs but I told myself that there was no way I was stopping, and I didn’t.

I can’t believe I’m already running three miles when a month ago I was barely squeezing out two! I can’t wait to reach my goal of five miles and go beyond that. I’ve also been looking into signing up for a 5K and maybe a 10K race in the spring even. We’ll see, I hope I can stay on this kick until then!

When I finished my last lap (I always sprint the last half) I remembered why I had been looking forward to it all day. The sense of accomplishment and power you get when you reach a goal like that is indescribable. I felt fantastic. Even now, almost 2.5 hours after finishing my run I still feel great! I might even go to swimming tonight too…

Do you like to run? If not, what exercise do you enjoy?

PS: I wrote my last two final exams today and am officially done until January 5. Feels soooooo good!

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2 Responses

  1. Sally says:

    Hi there!
    I too love to run!! I am trying so hard to get over a knee injury at the moment, so I’m back to the 3 mile hurdle. I totally agree with running being a mind game. Congratulations on your incredible running achievements. I’m inspired! x

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