WHAT I LOVE ABOUT RUNNING
There are few things that come to mind when I think about why I love running. I love the sound of the dirt crunching under my feet. That sound takes me back to running on the dirt track during high school. “No pain, no gain”, my coach used to say. Sometimes, I can still hear his voice when I hear that sound. He was such a big part of my life and we correspond from time to time even now. He taught me to work hard and persevere.
Another thing that I love about running is the swooshing of my ponytail. It sounds like a crazy thing, but there it is. Sometimes I can’t actually feel it moving when I am running. Sometimes I just see it moving in my shadow. It moves differently, when I am moving slowly, compared to when I run at my race pace. It propels me.
I also love the feeling I get when my run is over. I feel relaxed and calm. Sometimes I am energized, knowing that I ran my desired pace or distance. Other times I am just tired and sore, which also makes me feel good. It’s a constant reminder that I pushed hard. Afterwards, I reward my body with a good meal; I love that too.