Ever since I graduated from college, there’s one thing I’ve missed and that is making my brain work hard. While I don’t exactly miss the aspect of taking exams, I do miss the actual process of studying and using my brain to learn and (hopefully) retain information. What does this have to do with running?
Running isn’t just about the physical aspect but also about using my brain in a much similar way like I did when I was in school. In fact, there is a popular saying that goes something like this: running is 90% mental and 10% physical. That seems counter intuitive, no? Turns out, it isn’t.
On any given day (especially during a race) my body is going to do what it has been trained to do, but the most important part of finishing a training run (or a race) is my state of mind. I know that when I’m physically getting tired and feel like my legs are dead weights, that’s when I have to really let my brain take over. Mentally, I am probably talking myself off the proverbial ledge of quitting or deciding to walk. Maybe this is hard for someone who hasn’t experience this to understand but the mind is a powerful tool when it comes to running. There isn’t one race or training run where I don’t use my mind to power through.
Circling back to my example about being in college, one day I realized that running was more than just physically pushing the limits of my body. It was refreshing to know that just because school was no longer a part of my life, I could still use my brain. Running is mental and I’m glad I don’t have to be in college to experience it.
This is why I run.
*This post is a part of a 31 Day Writing Challenge in which I celebrate all the reasons I run. You can find links to all the posts here.