“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. We have a better chance of seeing where we are when we stop trying to get somewhere else.”
-John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running
It’s time for me to get back to the simple basics. For me, I love running. It brings me joy and happiness. Just getting out and hitting the pavement. Enjoying the slow runs, feeling the crisp, fresh air hit my skin, the feel of the pavement under my feet. The challenges that come from pushing myself at the track or on the treadmill during speed drills. Learning how my body and my mind respond to new techniques and the fatigue brought on from training. I love it. Simply put. Running for me is not about winning. Sure, I want to push myself. I set goals. I work hard to make myself a better person and a better runner. But it starts and ends with the joy that I get from this sport. It’s time for me to take a deep breath and to hit the “reset” button. It’s time for me to get back to the basics.