I love the Runner's World "Quote of the Day". Today's quote, from the amazing Joan Benoit Samuelson, really stuck with me.
"As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about a lifestyle and who we are."
Is that true for you? Is running just something that you "do", or is it a part of who you are?
I have said many times on here that running is something I love and is also a big part of who I am... a part I was very excited to discover two years ago. And as the quote above says, I think that is something that runners "get", and that non-runners don't usually. People who don't run often just see running as an activity or hobby, not as a life-style or something bigger.
Here is a quick list of things that have changed in my life style and in my life since I became a runner.
- I eat SO much more healthily. I enjoy food, and yet I see food as fuel for my body, and I want to fuel my body well so it will perform well. I no longer eat because I feel excited, stressed, happy, sad, lonely, tired, nervous, or anything else. I eat when I am hungry.
- Along with caring for my family, being the best wife I can be, and putting effort and energy into many other responsibilities and relationships, I think about myself and take care of myself too, instead of being at the very bottom of the priority list every day.
- I am A LOT more confident in a lot of areas. I believe in myself, which I haven't always done.
- My self esteem is up by about 12 million points. ;)
- I am 75 pounds smaller.
- I am a lot more patient.
- I have a spark, a fire, a glow... an awesome inner feeling that comes with having dreams, goals, ambitions and a passion that are mine. And with that, I have a joy that has come from achieving some of the goals I have set, and doing things I never imagined I could do.
- I am calmer and more peaceful.
- My life is a lot better balanced.
- I watch a lot less TV.
- I spend my "me money" on running shoes, running clothes and race entry fees.
- I see myself as an athlete and FEEL like an athlete.
I am sure there are other things I am missing, but the important thing is that running is not just something that I do. It is a lifestyle, and it is a big part of who I am. I am a lot of things... I am a daughter of God, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend, an adoption coordinator, a sister, a niece, a granddaughter... and I am a runner.