Why do we work out?

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Today I started the second week of my actual half marathon training plan and I started to wonder why.

Is the number of 13.1 just that enticing that I have to achieve it?

Ever since I was a little kid I have been a very determined spirit- always trying to surpass myself and my limits. I started walking at the age of 9 months and just never really slowed down. I am like that in every subject though. In my mind, I am always capable of doing better and being better than I was the day before. But is that the real reason that I put myself through runs on the daily that most people train weeks for? I don’t think so. 

I think the real reason that I, and most other serious runners for that case, put myself through these is because I love the rush that I get. The awe of the capabilities of God’s most prized creation. We were designed to be capable of so much more than what society has literally rested on. Each and every single run that I accomplish outside is another chance to have time with Him. 

When I started running in 2011, I used it as a form of escape from life’s trials. It was my time to escape and to not worry about assignments or texting someone back. My 45 minutes completely to be selfish. A couple weeks ago I changed my whole mentality. Why do we turn to things like running or venting to friends when we get stressed out? Yes it is scientifically proven that exercise releases endorphins, but it is shown personally in my life that I have such a bigger calm from praying and reading God’s word.

SOOOOO when I came to this conclusion, I started running not with music of T-Swizzle or Miley, but with an audio book of the Bible. While this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I think that something other than music during runs longer than 30 minutes is beneficial. I don’t know if it is just me or everyone else too, but the running boredom is such a real thing. Not that I don’t love running, but we were not designed to concentrate on the same thing for that long. It is scientifically proven that the human mind is only capable of maintaining concentration for 45 minutes, so you can see where the problem with trying to train for a 2.5 hour race comes in. 

 

Then again, these are just random thoughts during a run. The time reserved to actually clear all of my thoughts out. That also may have been one of my last outside runs for a while. We are supposed to get an ice storm on thursday. Today was absolutely beautiful, so it is insane that this storm is coming! I would love the tips for running while it is really cold!Image

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One thought on “Why do we work out?

  1. emcoen

    Loved your post. I went through the same experience when I ran my first half. I’ve run seven now. It really is all about that rush. Enjoy it.
    As far as cold weather goes…buy good tights. Don’t buy cheap ones.

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