After Six 10K races and two Half Marathons later, I have learned a lot about myself. Through every race, I have discovered my strengths and weaknesses, both physical and mental. And yet, there is one constant that has remained with me throughout it all: my consistency. It's the one thing that I have in everything I do.
Why do I run, you ask? It's simple, really. Running is my meditation. It's my chance to escape the chaos and dive deep into my thoughts. It's where I find clarity and mental strength, leaving the noise behind as I pound the pavement.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not in it for the medals or to beat anyone else. Running is never a race for me, but running in a group of people feels good. I love the camaraderie and friendly competition that comes with running alongside others. It's like we're all in it together, pushing each other to new limits and cheering each other on every step of the way.
Plus, there are many perks of running marathons. Not only do I get to explore new cities and cultures, but I also get to indulge in all the delicious foods each place has to offer. It's like a culinary tour of the world with a healthy dose of exercise thrown in.
Instagram and runners seem to love each other, but that is not for me. I don't need to post every race photo or become an influencer. I'm doing this to prove to myself that I can conquer my weaknesses and push past my limits. Of course, I'm grateful for my coach and running group's support, but ultimately, this journey is all about me and my personal growth.
Running has become more than just a hobby for me; it's a lifestyle. It's a way to clear my mind, push my limits, and explore the world in a unique way. I'm excited to see where this journey takes me next.