I’ve always tried to like running. Every single holiday, I would run that little bit more, but I’ve always struggled to make it a hobby rather than a chore. I’m pretty sure there’s been at least 3 occasions where I’ve had a very high frequency of running over the course of the month, before letting it go for a year.
But this time it’s different. I’ve actually grown to love it. The funniest part? I think that it probably because I tried to do too much too fast previously. I guess I’ve finally learned why. Nowadays, despite the busy schedule, I’ve been running pretty much 6 days a week, and in many ways, that really is a miracle.
Yes, there are the days where I begrudgingly drag my feet out of the door. Yes, there are days where I run at 20% of either the speed/distance that I was aiming for at the start of the run, but I guess it all comes back to my new reason for running. For improvement, for distance, for new races. I guess it really helped that just before I came back for the semester I joined what is probably my first distance race. A weird one at that, with it spanning 6km.
That feeling of being around people who wanted to run and improve themselves. That feeling of aiming for a lower time each time you get out there and run. It is almost inspiring. Ever since then, the distance is very slowly improving, the speed is slowly improving. It is one of the reasons why I’m obsessed with the Nike+ Run Club app. All my records are kept there, like fastest 1k, 5k, 10k, furthest run, and everything like that.
To date, I’ve smashed all of them from the last few years. With the exception of the 5k time, which I’m struggling to beat. It is worth noting though, that was a treadmill run, and I honestly doubt that I was running at this pace. But that doesn’t stop the fact that I still want to beat it.
I would definitely say I’m on the athletic side. I’ve been playing badminton competitively for my school from high school all the way to college now, and play bowling and frisbee in between. But running definitely is a little different from those. For one, you can kinda feel really alone during running. Although lonely, it definitely feels liberating. Like that’s all you want to do. Like that’s what you were born to do.
Now I’m getting my friends on there as well. That leader board on Nike+ Run Club has definitely been giving me extra motivation to run more lately. I mean, wouldn’t you want to beat someone who just started when you’ve been running for around 6 months now?