This year he did not run the half, as he said he was too busy working to train. But he was out on the course, and was my FAVORITE cheerleader. I saw him at about mile 8 or so, and he went crazy yelling and cheering for me, and then started hollering at the guys up ahead of me, "Look out boys! There is a tiger coming up behind you!"
He makes me smile.
He loves to talk about running with me, and whenever I see him he asks about my running and training, and sometimes tells me about an article he read related to running (the last one had to do with how your mitochondria has a big part in determining how good of a runner you are). He thinks I have great mitochondria. :)
A couple of weeks ago we were having one of our little chats, and he put his hand on my shoulder and said, "I want to ask you to do me a favor." Of course I agreed right away.
Then he said, "People always say to me that they don't believe that people can love running because when they see people out on the road running they never look like they are enjoying themselves. So do me a favor, and make sure you smile when you are out there running."
I promised I would, and his words have stayed with me.
The truth is, I DO love running, and I AM enjoying myself when I am running. I thought about it when I was fighting out the last few miles of my 18 miler on Friday, and I thought about it during the 5k on Saturday, and I have thought about it on most of my training runs since our conversation. And whenever I think about it, I smile.
And it feels really good.
Of course during much of my running I am working hard, focusing, concentrating, and in a groove, but I have found that a big smile once and while not only is relaxing, but helps me feel good, reminds me how much I love running (even when it's hard!), and helps me think positive thoughts. Try it!
Like Brooks says, Run Happy!
Here are a couple of smiling pics I found of myself running.
|I was just about to high five Goofy in this picture :)|
|This is from Ragnar 2011, and I had to finish one of my leg's with a sombrero. :)|