Points eaten: 21 / 21
Activity Points Earned: 0
Hunger level: average / appropriate
Morning Weigh-ins: down 1.0
Yesterday Tricia @ Endurance Isn't Only Physical made a post about the reasons why she runs. She made this statement which really hit home with me:
Running gives me a sense of control, when everything else in my life is up in the air.
For the last few years, parts of my life have been spinning wildly out of control with only so much I can do. So, I do what I can to try to control it, and then I run.
The other day I was talking to a woman about running, weight loss, etc. She does mostly weight training (former fitness competitor) and she was asking me how often I lift weights - which if you're a regular reader you'll know it's not nearly as often as I should/wish. When it really comes down to it, if I only have a small window to exercise in, I would really rather run.
She said she understood and mentioned that I must get a runner's high "...a term used for that euphoric state which is experienced by many runners during a prolonged run". For me though, I don't think of it as a runner's high. Running for me is a time where:
- I can unplug
- I don't have to think about anything, or ...
- I can think if I want to
- I can escape the realities of the world
- I can have control over at least one area of my life
- I can de-stress
- I can do something that is completely free and does not have hours of operation
- I can solve the world's problems, or maybe one of my own
- I can be proud of what I accomplish
What gives you a sense of control?