Involvement: to commit emotionally
Anyone that dives into running will almost always form a love/hate relationship with running. In the beginning, there might be a lot more hate than love. Involvement in the sport of running, though, somehow transforms that hate into love — if you don’t quit after your first run or race.
The ‘dance of love’ has different themes and moods, just like every relationship has its highs and lows. Enjoy the high moments and hang-on during the downtimes. The diverse range of emotions is the experience that builds you two. Your ability to perfectly switch between these moments and make the best out of the one you find yourself per time, proves that you are not only involved in the relationship like the chicken is in the business of making eggs but also very committed to it like the pig is in the business of making bacon.
Running, on its surface, seems easy: lace on some shoes (or not) and just start running.
If you can commit and continue your involvement with running, you’ll have good times and just okay times and maybe even some really, really bad times. Those bad times will involve the times you cannot run — something, as a new runner, you can’t even fathom.
As a new runner, you’re more likely to feel relieved at the thought of not being able to run. Not having to take the time, to do the laundry, to feel the soreness. But if you keep at it, you’ll find that the very worst thing a runner can hear is that they can no longer run.
There is nothing that makes you want to do something more than the thought that you can’t do something.
Embrace every good opportunity you encounter; some will get you informed; others will get you inspired… Some will get you involved and others you make you improved
Involvement in running will inspire you and improve you — that’s a pretty awesome payback for some time and movement invested.
Tell me in the comments:
Has your involvement in running been positive?
What other involvements bring your joy? Inspire you?