Friday, August 20, 2010

What Running Says About Me...and You

Lately, a glass of red wine (or two) has been essential at the end of the day. It has been one of those weeks where I can't wait to take my shoes off the instant I get home and wiggle my toes in celebration that I'm done.  Done with work, done with high heels, done running, rushing, thinking, moving.  My bare feet touching the carpet is like someone banging a gavel, shouting "case closed!"  I relish in that moment that signifies the day has come to an end.

Tonight, I decided to skip my tempo run and go to yoga class.  I never do this...ever.  My body is telling me what it wants and I am trying to respect it.  I think my body will benefit more from some tension relieving Vinyasa and soft music than it would from an all out run.  I know how crucial tempo runs are and I can't believe I am choosing to blow it off.  Who am I right now?

That little question stirred up more thoughts than I could have anticipated. 

Who am I? 

Now, obviously this question can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Philosophically, spiritually, literally.  I started to think about how my day to day activities exhibit my various personas.  I think this is true for most of us.

Take Running for example...
I am a person that likes a challenge. I strive to improve, especially when things don't come naturally to me. With running I am dedicated, disciplined and self-motivated.  I run to find peace of mind, even though it would be easier not to do anything at all.  I push hard; often too hard.  I am a perfectionist to a fault.

And Yoga...
I attempt to find balance in my life, often to no avail.  I trust others and ask for help when I need it.  At the same time I find frustration in my limitations rather than acceptance. I find beauty in movement and the human body.  I use my voice to find calm by instinctively chanting.

And Veganism…
I strive to live a compassionate life that does not harm other beings.  I want my impact on the world to be positive rather than disparaging.  I choose consciousness over oblivion.  Effort over idleness.  My voice over silence.  I am highly emotional and sensitive to the needs of those without a voice.  I can become overwhelmingly distressed over things I can't control. 

Reflect on many of the things you do on a daily basis. They don't tell the entire story, but they say a lot about who you are.  Just writing this post, for example, has reminded me of some of the things I need to work on and the parts of myself I should feel proud of.

What does running say about you?


  1. It's a beautiful post, as are all of them. Are those your new shoes, because I like them.
    I also relish the end of the work day, not the day. Because my work day ends early I have so much time to do so much with the remainder of daylight which is already getting shorter each day. A nice glass of wine is a nice finale though. RunKateRun!

  2. Running shows that I am strong and determined. I find happiness in something that takes effort and can not be bought. Great post...

  3. Wonderful post!! I totally relate to how you describe the end of the work day. Such a great feeling!

  4. This is a great post - I enjoy running for the same reasons you stated.

  5. Great post! Over the years I've really tried to strike a balance in work, life and training. At times it gets a little lopsided but overall, I'm starting to see a balance when I look at the continuum. You give us a lot to think about!

  6. as always a beautiful post :) running for me is a constant in my life. I have been running since the 7th grade...its been there for me during the ups and downs in life...its been a place for me to disappear when life is hard to face...but also a place to reflect on the happiest of moments in life. Running says about me that I am strong, committed, determined, and happy. Without the sound of footfalls on the ground i'd be lost!

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