I hate running. There - I said it. I don't like it before or during. But I always feel so much better the rest of the day when I do it. I may not be able to get off the couch without moaning that night or next morning, but I still think my body likes it. It's weird.
I think this is true for a LOT of things in life. I have never regret running. Even in the worst run or when I walk 75% of the way, I don't see that time as wasted or a regret. I can think of other things I am passionate about. When I talk about them, some people may not agree, but it doesn't mean I regret that conversation. Some things are scary, intimidating, and can cause tension. But these things are not always bad. The reality, sometimes we learn the most from the hardest things in our life. When I used to teach, I would always first ask students to check their work and try to find their mistake first. Some probably just thought I was mean. But really, studies show that if you find your mistake, you are over 10 times more likely to not make the same mistake again. Crazy, right?! But why are we afraid of the things we don't like?
I run because of the delayed gratification. I feel better almost immediately when it is done. No, not during. I have yet to get to the runner's high. But after. Immediately after and long after. My body operates much better when this is a regular part of my life. Sometimes, we need to stretch ourselves for a greater good. It helps when you have good friends to literally run alongside you. Celebrate with you and cry with you. This again can be carried on throughout other areas of life. Find someone or a small community you can let in and can walk alongside you.
You can read more about the crazy journey of running on Kelly's blog. Thankful she has run alongside me.