energy (noun) the capacity for vigorous activity; available power; an adequate or abundant amount of such power
Before I started taking running seriously, I always heard runners say something along these lines: “I was tired and thought about skipping my run, but decided against it and now I have so much more energy!”, followed by a genuine smile. Every time I heard this, I would literally roll my eyes and shake my head in disbelief.
Then I became a runner and experienced this phenomena for myself. Running does give me more energy! How many times have I thought about skipping a run, because I was too tired after working all day (sitting at a desk, no less!) only to regret it later? Sure, there are times for rest (for example, built in rest days while following a training plan) and especially if you are injured or sick, you don’t want to make it worse by continuing to run. Maybe there is or isn’t a scientific explanation, but the energy I get after going for a run is a direct result of physically making my body move.
Being tired isn’t an excuse anymore for me to skip a run. It’s not because I’m some sort of hard core person who runs out of obligation or to check a box. No, it’s because I love to run. Let’s face it, there are days (and will be more days in the future) where I am tired and don’t want to lace up my shoes. However, I know that if I go for a run, I will not regret the energy that it gives me when I’m done running. I will always be glad I laced up my shoes.