I’ve come to cherish my runs. From the moment I put on my running pants and hoodie, to the standing outside of my garden gate, putting in my ear phones and deciding which route to take; I love my runs.
I started my C25K journey at a gym but after my gym membership expired I thought I’d brave the challenge of running outdoors; and I’m so glad I did! Running outdoors reminds me of being a young teenager: my friends and I running from school and into the local farm where we’d run over creaks, fallen down trees, over horse gates, bridges and through the sewer. We were free from fear, of falling over, of being caught, of the abundance of fecal matter and urine absorbed into our shoes, and of life’s ‘to-do’s’ my now adulthood seems to be filled with. We weren’t worried about all of the things we had to do that day, we took life in it’s stride and did things according to what we wanted to do. We didn’t have to gauge the risks of climbing a tree or climbing on a horse.
We just didn’t care.
That’s how I feel now when I run.
As a mother raising a very sensitive and strong willed three year old, whose husband is currently on the other side of the world because of stupid immigration laws, and while training to become a secondary English Teacher, there’s a lot of instability in my life right now, and a lot I feel I can’t control.
Running is currently my stability.
I recently read on a friends Facebook status “if you woke up without a goal today, go back to sleep”. Well, I have lots of goals. I want to change the face of education, I want to write books - children’s books, educational books, novels and novellas; I want to gain a Masters, perhaps two, I want to do a PHD, I want to do Tedx Talk and eventually have my own school; I want to run a 5k with ease, and eventually a half marathon and the full marathon at Angkor Wat. I want to feel so fit and healthy that I can go on hikes around the world and that will be my lifestyle, and my daughters lifestyle, and it may even influence others to take on a healthy lifestyle, because it matters.
I have a lot of goals. But one thing I’ve learnt about running is the old adage “slow and steady wins the race”. Goals are great, we need goals in order to know what we’re aiming to achieve - but it doesn’t all have to happen right now. I run because it keeps me in the moment, away from everything else. Yes I’d love to be a size 10 again and get rid of all that excess belly fat, and run that 5k race, but I run today, now, because I enjoy it. Running teaches me so much more than running, it teaches me how to enjoy life, and have belief in myself, which is why I’ll keep going.
Happy new year everyone - 2018.. time to run! 🏃🏻😊🤝