In the off-season from racing, remember to ask yourself, “WHY DO I RUN?”
Back to the Basics: I am running for the pure fun and thrill of it. It has been a couple of years since I have had a true off season from racing. Here I am, taking a break from competing for a couple of months and remembering “Why I run, and swim and bike!” In the absences of a race, I get back to the basics of simply enjoying this physical activity and benefiting from the peace and joy it brings into my life. In the hype of a big race, I can get very caught up in time targets and in achieving a certain goal. It is imperative to return to the place of running and exercising for the simple pleasure of it. I am enjoying long runs with friends and enjoying pushing myself in tempo and interval runs on my own. I am slowly increasing my running mileage again. I am out running five days a week once again and slowly building the distance of my runs.
I am starting to look forward to racing again. My next races will be fun trail races along the Bruce Trail, part of the Aktiv Trail Run Series put on by Trysport Niagara. Trail running at this time of year is glorious and it is a great way to build strength, as one must navigate the uneven and undulating terrain of the trails.
I am contemplating my goals for the next year. I want to train smart and know what my keys races will be. I have appreciated the input of friends and coaches, who have offered me excellent suggestions. They have confirmed what I had thought (but was second guessing), that I want to get faster at the shorter distances in triathlon, before one day attempting a full Ironman.
Why Do I Run?
- For the pure joy of the physical activity of running; Using my body to do what it was made to do.
- To push my own limits and challenge myself
- To enjoy nature. There are so many beautiful trails in Niagara, along the lake and along the escarpment
- To set a good example for my children of living a healthy lifestyle.
- To participate in the community, running with friends and being part of training groups
- To spend time with God
- To stay healthy, both physically and mentally
- To unwind from stress and clear my mind
Why Do You Run (bike, swim)?
Add your reasons below (you need to scroll down a bit); I really want to hear from you! Everyone who comments on this article will be entered into a draw for a prize.
See you out on the trails!
James posted a link to this article on reddit, and the responses were great! We wanted to share them here as well:
koffeekev: i run because i can. having CP, a lot of people say i shouldn’t. yeah, i’ve hurt myself, so what? i can’t move forward without failing a few times.
megagreg: What else am I going to do, watch TV all night?
bah77: Its like a pyramid scheme i have already put 1000’s of km in to, and if i stop i will lose that investment.
goodsam1: I run because cardio/running frequently come into life and I got tired of sucking at it. Also I think I am hooked now, I think I have hit runner’s high at a mile.
abelcc: I’m preparing myself for when my life depends on running a long distance fast. When a meteor suddenly falls and the roads are collapsed I’ll run to safety.
dropdeaddaisy: This morning it was to see the fall colours and feel the breeze in my hair!