When I first thought about a blog post for the letter C (which of course comes after A and B), I was totally going to write about the importance of commitment and consistency when running. But as I sit here and actually try to write, the one word that comes up in my head when I’ve thought about running recently is COMFORT.
Odd, isn’t it?
What is so comforting about running?
For me, it’s the rhythm of my feet hitting the ground – like a steady heartbeat. There are no surprises with running – it’s one foot in front of the other – right-left, right-left, repeat until done. No matter the distance, the pace, the weather, alone or with friends, on the pavement or a dirt trail – running is the same no matter where you are, no matter who you are, no matter where you are in your life. Once you decide to run, the steps are the same – put on your shoes, put one foot in front of the other, repeat.
Check out these pictures of me and Paula Radcliffe.
See how we run exactly the same?
I mean, just the feet part…
you can ignore everything else.
And by that, I mean,
Don’t look at anything else!!
But the feet – see how they’re exactly the same?
And we’re both moms!!
Comforting, don’t you think?
After we moved to CA, I knew I had to get back into running as soon as possible – running was something familiar that I could do in surroundings that were not familiar. You might say my running shoes were my “transitional objects”.
How does running comfort you? Or does it?