I’ve been running with a local running club on Saturday mornings. I have really enjoyed it – it’s great to run with people, and the group rotates through locations, so I’ve run in so many new places that I wouldn’t go on my own!
Last Saturday I ran with 2 guys – it was a 14 mile loop ALL THROUGH Seattle (it was AMAZING – and if I had gotten separated from the group I NEVER would have found my car again!!!). During the run 1 of the guys asked if we were training for any races. The other guy is running Boston for his 1st time in April. I said I plan to run Eugene (rates go up Sunday – TIME TO REGISTER!). I asked him if he was training for anything, and he said he had a few races planned but “it’s a lifestyle.” Meaning, staying in shape, keeping up with long runs – it’s a lifestyle choice even when not specifically training for something.
YES!!!! It is my lifestyle too. A lifestyle I choose and am committed to.
It’s a lifestyle I want to maintain long after my days of setting new PRs are over. I run because I like how it makes me feel, clears my head, I love the camaraderie of other runners, and so many more reasons that sum up my lifestyle.