Most people don’t think of running as fun. But if you looked at the 3rd Birthday photos from Launceston parkrun you might think otherwise, everyone looked like they were having lots of fun.
This is an abridged quote from our wonderful running Coach this morning. We were waiting for group members to arrive before the start of our regular Sunday run.
Today it was a meandering 15km course, nice and flat from the centre of Launceston out to Newstead, winding back through quiet streets to the middle of town again before heading out to Invermay then another little loop around Newstead. It was warm and the humidity was up a bit. These areas are dotted with big old English trees with lots of shade and a few Gums and Wattles too. It’s almost summer, the red Callistemon or Bottle Brush was out everywhere along with lots of other spring colour too. Nothing heralds summer and Christmas in Australia like seeing the red Bottle Brush flowers out in the front gardens of suburbia.
Running as fun? It’s hard to make this connection as a non-runner. Running is hard. It takes effort. It takes determination. We puff and can’t get enough air. Our legs ache. We over exert and get all wobbly and over tired. We sweat and overheat. Fun?
Absolutely it’s fun. There is a magic threshold where what was once impossible and hard becomes manageable and possible. Hang on a minute! I can talk and run at the same time??? I’m enjoying this. I’m doing it. I’m achieving my goals! Yes it’s fun! That moment in time is precious and to be treasured. It’s a threshold that allows us to dream big fat enormous running dreams and a threshold that tells us Anything is Possible!
What’s not to love about being fit and strong? There is everything to love about it. Just everything!
On this lovely Sunday, a day of rest, a day where we can run, I wish you fun with running. If you aren’t there yet I wish you truckloads of determination to keep going. If you are there I wish you a grateful heart. Running is a gift that we can give ourselves for free if we only have the courage to get out there and try.
I wonder if the world would be a more content, happy place with content happy people who want to live in harmony with each other if more of us ran?
Happy running 🙂