I’m am somewhat of an introvert by nature. Even though I will attend group gatherings, parties and social events I find that I definitely need alone time (in the quiet, please or with classical music) to recharge. With running, I find the it’s the perfect sport for a reserved person like myself.
When I first started running, it was important for me to really get involved in the community and meet people who shared the same passion. I made an effort to get out of my comfort zone, for the sake of learning more about this new-to-me sport and be motivated by others. However, I also realized that while being in community wasn’t a bad thing, I also really needed and enjoyed the solitary aspect of running. Running became and still is my way of recharging.
To get a little deep on you here, true solitude is so hard to come by these days. We live in such a busy, connected world that honestly some days I feel like I haven’t had a quiet moment. As I get older, I realize just how important this solitude is to me and while being married and having a baby isn’t exactly a recipe for a solitary life (and I love it, don’t get me wrong) going for a run really helps me fill that need. I don’t have to worry about talking with anyone, when I run by myself. I can get lost in my own thoughts, when I go running by myself. I can truly enjoy the solitude that running offers me and it helps me stay refreshed and ready to face the noise.
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.