Today – National Running Day – seems like Valentine’s Day does to me. Do we really need a designated DAY to celebrate running (or love)? I celebrate running every time I lace up my shoes. Seriously. There is rarely – if ever – a time I think “Uggggg, I don’t want to run today.” You all know this, but I love love LOVE running. And I celebrate it every day of the year, not just on National Running Day (even on my rest days, when I am thinking that I WISH I was running, but know that I need rest days in order to make be strong and injury free so that I can keep running!)
So I was trying to think of what to blog about to express how much I love running. And thought about doing the standard “I run because . . .” post. Or the Top 5 Reasons I Run. Or something similar. And then I stumbled on this quote by Joan Benoit Samuelson, which PERFECTLY sums up how I feel about what running does for me.
Anyway, I love this quote because it’s so true. Running (training) is challenging and requires so much time, energy, dedication and devotion. On some levels it may seem – and perhaps is – selfish. It requires a lot of time. A lot of thought. A lot of money (lots of shoes! And gu! And race fees! And cute running clothes!) And a lot of sacrifices (going to bed early, skipping that second glass of wine, etc.). But the payoff for all that “selfishness” is big. It makes my relationships stronger. I have no doubt that because of running I’m a better mom (by setting healthy example for kids; by being in a better mood because I get my daily endorphin fix), a better lawyer (by being more organized and using my time better when I have to fit in running AND lawyering; by sorting through my tough cases when I’m out running), a better friend (running has actually made so many new strong, fun friendships for me) and just a better all around person.