I found an article (quotes on this post taken from HERE) at runningtimes.com that finally made me understand my crazy mind a little bit more (I know most of you runners reading this have my exact same mindset so you are going to love this).
Do you ever find it hard trying to explain to non-runners why you love (or kind of like) waking up EARLY on a weekend morning to run in extreme temperatures for hours at a time?
Psychologist Milali Csikszentmihalyi said, “Contrary to what we usually believe…the BEST moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”
Obviously, he is talking about a wide variety of professions, accomplishments, activities, sports and passions but I think what he said fits PERFECTLY with running.
This article had so many parts that I loved but I figure why paraphrase it when it said things so perfectly…..
“We have to make an intitial investment of energy to develop skills to the levels where we can accomplish tasks that inspire and hold our focus. For runners, that means doing the necessary training. The alternative is passive entertainment-skipping workouts to sit home and watch TV—which temporarily drowns out the chaos but produces no satisfaction or GROWTH. Those who DO invest themselves in difficult tasks–who grind out the mile repeats, who show up to race in the pouring rain—find the returns more than worthwhile. As Csikszentmihali reports, “The quality of experience tends to improve in proportion to the effort invested in it.”
These really smart people at Running Times are telling me that the more EFFORT that I put into developing a skill like running, the more enjoyment I will gain from it?!?! I am sold!
The reason we go to bed early the night before a run/race, the reason we get up before the sun and trudge through snow or sweat our brains out for hours each week is because of how amazing we feel when we ACCOMPLISH something . Knowing that we did something HARD and that we pushed ourselves to the next level gives us confidence.
People may think runners are crazy but I think that everyone has something in their life in which they make HUGE sacrifices in order to accomplish something that is difficult and gets them out of their comfort zones!
Do you agree…..have the best moments in your life been when you were out doing something that stretched your body or mind to it’s limits?!?!
Do the non-runners/worker-outers in your life think you are crazysauce for your love of running/working out?
-At first I think my parents thought I was a little off my rocker when I signed up to run 26.2 but now they understand why I love it so much.
What was your workout today?!?!
-I got in an early morning treadmill session in while watching BIGGEST LOSER!!