In the spirit of Valentine’s day next week, I’ve been thinking about how fortunate I am to have some amazing, loving relationships. I truly believe that my husband, family and friends are some of the absolute best people in the world. While many people think Valentine’s Day is a silly holiday, I think it is great to dedicate a day to show appreciation to the ones we love.
While I am eternally grateful for the ones I love, I am also grateful for some of the things I love in my life. Music, snow, writing, and ice cream to name a few. But most importantly… running. Running is something for which I will always be grateful, but this holiday of love has me feeling especially reflective. As I reflect on the many ways running has changed my life for the better, I can’t help but think through some of the struggles it has brought as well.
My reflection brought up many running memories; some of the toughest and many of the best. As I reflected on some memories, I couldn’t help but think that it sounded as if I was reflecting on a relationship with a person. As running has been in my life longer than a single job and many friendships, it has gotten me through many life changes.
Running is like a long term relationship in my life. Through many years, running has been there to challenge me, accept me, and teach me. Running has been like a friendship to me throughout the years, and I had to laugh at how interchangeable running was for spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend/best friend:).
14 Ways Running is Like a Long Term Relationship
- There are many aspects of running that are quite frustrating (like terrible weather, expensive shoes, and slow syncing watches), but you put up with them because it’s worth it.
- Running is there for you through some of the lowest points in your life.
- On days that are especially terrible, you can’t help but focus all your anger on your run.
- Running is one thing in your life that has remained consistent, no matter where you are or what you are doing.
- Your best vacations and trips all happen when you bring running along with you.
- Some days you have a terrible run and tell yourself you’ll never run again; until a few days later when you realize that you miss it and can’t stay away for long.
- Running has given you some of the biggest highs in your life.
- You dedicate pretty much all of your free time to running.
- Some people don’t understand why you keep running when it brings so many challenges, but you know it’s worth it.
- If you cheat just for one day by eating terribly or skipping your workout, running can fall apart.
- Running is your go to excuse for not being able to go out or stay up late.
- Each run is full of different uphills and downhills that keep it exciting and always interesting.
- Running has taught you more about yourself than you could have learned on your own.
- You can always count on running to cheer you up when you are feeling down.
Happy almost Valentine’s Day! I hope you get to spend some quality time with your love, running:)
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