Most nights I jump on my treadmill somewhere around 8pm and run for at least 5km. I also go to a Yoga class once a week and on weekends I like to either head down to the beach for an early morning walk or otherwise head to the hills for a hike.
Early this morning I headed off to Waterfall Gully to hike up to Mt Lofty. The Mt Lofty hike up and back is 7.75km and 475m in elevation.
I kid you not; parts of this hike are so steep it makes you wish you were somewhere else far, far away.
Any who, I powered on through the hike all the way to the top, stopped to take a quick happy snap to post on Instagram before running my way back down again.
I’m happy to say that I smashed it and recorded a PB time, but it also smashed me…
I drove home, made myself some breakfast and a coffee, switched on the computer and stared at it for a while. I was shattered.
It got me thinking..
Why do I run?
I can assure you that I’m no natural athlete. I have been better known for my endurance in heels on the dance floor in years gone by than I have been for my speed in a pair of runners.
Running is hard work.
My face turns a bright shade of red, sweat pours off of me and for the added visual pleasure my nose runs nearly as fast as I do, if not faster.
It is a massive mental battle to keep going. I even have a really fun mantra that I repeat in my mind that goes something like ‘Puke, Pass Out or Power On’
My legs feel like jelly, my head pounds and my sides ache.
Sounds kind of like hell doesn’t it?
So why do I keep doing it?
Well let me tell you some of the greatest benefits I get from running.
Great legs and ass! Yep, I’m not going to lie. There is some vanity involved here.
It burns off stress and nervous energy. As a single mum with a fair bit on my plate there’s not always someone around I can talk to. When I run I burn off whatever it is that’s bugging me. By the time I’ve run 5km’s or so, I’m so grateful that I can stop running I’m no longer that bothered about whatever it was that was getting on my goat to start with.
I like to eat, a lot more apparently than is necessary for someone who spends as much time at a desk in front of a computer as I do. Running burns off the extras I munch through in any given day.
It helps me sleep. I usually run at night on the treadmill so afterwards all I have to do is have a shower and crash out. There’s no lying in bed thinking about what I could, should or would do. I’m smashed and drift off to sleep generally without too much problem at all.
It’s challenging. I love beating my previous times. It gives me a sense of achievement.
It helps me keep up with my daughter. I’m not ready for her to out run me so it keeps me in the game!
You can’t smoke and drink then get on the treadmill so it keeps me out of trouble and a lot healthier.
My treadmill is in my lounge room which gives me an excuse to watch trashy TV without feeling guilty about slothing around on the couch while I’m doing it.
After spending so much time sitting at a desk in front of a computer, it feels great to get the blood pumping and body moving!
I have come to find that the disciplines I use in running come in very handy when I apply them in the context of running my own business.
I might not always love going through the motions of actually doing the work but the benefits I get make it worthwhile.
Where there’s no pain, there’s no gain.
You need to have the right equipment for the job at hand.
To improve upon your performance, it pays to seek out tips and advice from the experts.
If you want to succeed and get real results, you have to push through the bits that make you want to quit.
If you want to achieve something you’ve never achieved before, you have to be prepared to do things that you have never done before.
The harder you work the greater you’ll be rewarded.
Working at it every day will give you the best results.
Wherever you think your limits are chances are you can still push a bit further.
You might not look cool or pretty while you’re doing it but is that what your goal was to start with?
Now I’m not saying that running is for everyone. There will be people who read this and still think I’m quite mad to put myself through it all.
What I am saying though is that I encourage everyone to go out there and do something that pushes you, or rather that requires you to push yourself just that bit harder.
Do something that is hard for you to do and keep going til you finish what you intended to do.
It might make you uncomfortable. It might make you sweat, nervous or even a bit sore tomorrow.
The great thing though is that it will make you realise your potential. It will make you proud that you achieved something greater than what you thought you could.
It will make you feel like a better person and will help you lift your sights higher in whatever you want to achieve be it a personal or business goal.
So go on get out there, find something that challenges you and run with it!