Out of all my early morning summer runs, my favorites were always the long trail runs in the dark. Yes, I may have thought there was a murderer and/or ghost following me, but 90% of the time it was a mama opossum and her nursing young hissing at me.
You feel vulnerable in a sense, and you have to build trust with your surroundings. When the daylight finally begins, everything looks so different. The trust begins to diminish and suddenly you’re just at peace with what is around you. That’s appreciating the little things. 1 thing changes and a whole world opens up.
2. Wind is either your best friend or eternal enemy.
Headwind is an asshole. I’ll say it. I’ll say it A THOUSAND TIMES OVER! However, on a long hot run, that slight breeze can make you feel as though you’re unstoppable and that the world is at your fingertips.
I will always appreciate the wind, however, when the wind causes a PR to collapse there is usually some bitterness.
3. Running in the rain isn’t always therapy, fun, and a shower.
Actually, some days it soaks your iPhone, the wind picks up, and you get trapped under a tiny cement bridge with a homeless man during a monsoon.
(Not speaking from personal experience or anything)
Much like the marathon, rain can be hit or miss. At times it is refreshing, especially whenever it’s hot outside and it feels as though the humidity is even high at 4 o’clock in the morning when it’s pitch black. Rain, much like wind, as both a burden and a blessing.
4. Dialectal running can make a 4 hour run feel like a minute.
You can feel the sweat drip down your face, feel the cool breeze brush against your skin as you control your breathing one step at a time. Feeling these sensations can allow you to feel comfortable, at home even. As your feet carry you further with each step, the adrenaline builds and your body may begin to feel fatigued.. But you pursue your goal.
That is appreciating the small things. Having all of those sensations and embracing each one individually helps you practice mindfulness while also better connecting yourself to your body and your surroundings. Those feelings, and paying close attention to how they make you feel can cause you to get lost in yourself and the moment. Sometimes, that’s all you need to clear your mind and build your body.
5. Running buddies often turn into great friends.
Simple as that. I can honestly say that running his brought my mom and I so much closer. Even if she is way far ahead of me because she’s quick as hell. We have our times but we will talk, or even start an argument. Actually I can name at least five occasions where we gotten into a fight and resolved it all within an hour time span. Thank you, endorphins.
6. There is purpose in every mile.
This kind of goes along with dialectal running. I have recently been dedicating a mile to somebody I care about, or even just something I’m passionate about. Within that Milo like to think about it and why it makes me happy or why would want to dedicate my energy to it.
It’s kind of amazing. Sometimes, I think about things and I don’t feel investing myself to it. The body is amazing in the way it can physically manifest what you may actually feel about a person or a subject. I kind of take that as a sign to myself.
7. Don’t be a douchebag driver.
RUNNERS GET THE FUGGIN RIGHT AWAY. I WILL FLIP YOU OFG AND YELL IF YOU ALMOST HIT ME.
Bullets don’t just stop once they leave the chamber. Cutting off a runner (who has the right away) is rude and that sudden stop can really throw them off. Be the nice driver, please.
8. Self discovery is going to happen, whether you expect it to or not.
Reflection is weird. I believe that regret is the most useless emotion. There’s no point of it because the past in the past. However, when I reflect about things I guess I look at it more as a learning experience. Through running I have learned so much about myself. What I like, what I don’t like, and even what kind of food I think I should eat that night. Even though it’s normally Chinese food, I still like to think about those things. It makes me feel like I get to know myself and what my quirks are.
9. It’s easy to get too caught up in your own thoughts.
I like to learn about myself, but sometimes I have really unhelpful thoughts. I guess that’s why I try and practice dialectal running so much. I like to think about things and reflect, but I don’t like to get mad or upset about them. When you were physically putting so much effort into yourself, it’s easy to get a little emotionalism that can throw you off physically and mentally.
10. Running is a gift.
You don’t have to run. You get to run. Running a something but not very many people are mentally capable of handling. It’s a lot. Thinking about all the times that I’ve wanted to quit, the times that I was pissed that I couldn’t run, or even thinking about how much I hated it because of others and their actions I have learned to love the art of running and I fall in love with it every time I lace up.
Running is a relationship. It’s a relationship between your mind and your body, your body and your surroundings, and even your mind and your surroundings. You’re going to have good days, you’re going to fight, but out of all the bad there’s going to be good that outshines it