because life has ups and downs…
Guilty! I find it difficult to say no. I put the needs of other people before my own. It’s not a character flaw, really. It’s more of a reality and I know I’m not alone. Runners are compassionate people. What other group of athletes chooses to pay registration fees every weekend to support a variety of causes, then proudly wears the t-shirts to bring even more exposure to the missions? That empathy transfers to everything we do. You know what I’m talking about. The boss probably comes to you first when a task needs to be done without complaints. Friends know that you will respond to that text immediately. My husband is also a runner, so at my house, it’s almost a competition to finish chores or help the kids. No surprise- we can’t help ourselves.
It can be difficult to make the rest of the world wait. Because of our accommodating attitudes, it just doesn’t feel right. However, that “me time” is so important. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary to stay balanced. How can we be there for others if we don’t take time for ourselves? That’s where your run comes in. Allow yourself to reenergize by getting lost in your head when you run. Trust me- I’m the master of putting my own needs aside. Even I’ve learned that it really is okay.
Take that time for yourself and simply get lost in your thoughts. You can go back to saving the world when your run is finished.
I was a writer for RunHaven website, which no longer produces new content. This article was originally posted on that site.