I was saying to a friend just the other day:
Running is a great sport. Just about anywhere you are, if you want to run, you can. Put on a pair of shorts and a shirt, lace up your shoes, and go. You can run by yourself, or with friends. You can run for a few minutes, or a few hours. Run for fun, run for fitness, or run to compete. No matter why you do it, when you’re running, you have to be in the moment.
That about sums up why I enjoy the sport so much. My first love in sports is martial arts, which I’ve practiced and taught for many years. But, it’s hard on my body and hard to schedule into my day without taking too much time away from the family. Running is a better fit right now, though I’m eager to get back into martial arts training.
My relationship with running has changed over the years. When my kids were really young, it was tough to find time to run as much as I wanted to. Now I run pretty much year-round, but I take it easy in the summer “off-season.” In fall and spring each I try to do one race, preferably a full marathon, to give myself a goal to train toward.
Some years are better than others, and some races go better than others. If you want to see what my training looks like right now you can check my activity out on Strava, and the bottom right corner of this screen contains a map of my most recent run. If we’re in the same area and you want to go on a run together, I would love that!