|I was laughing too hard to stand up straight.|
I love being active and being outside. From my courses in psychology, I know that nature has been found to positively affect a person's mood and this is especially true for me. Just from being outside for a brief moment brings me such peace. It's literally a breath of fresh air that helps me to un-clench and re-evaluate any negative circumstances.
Running is a newer activity that I have gotten into. I definitely was not a runner in high school. I was part of 4x100 relay team in grade 9 and it was not the best experience. There were only 4 grade 9s and so I felt like I had to by default, but I am not fast. I worked so hard, but knew that each race I was letting my team down. I never looked forward to a race. Long distance running was also a challenge and I only really did it to fill the requirement in PE.
During the second year of my undergrad, I decided that I wanted to become a runner. Not because I liked running, but because I wanted to be healthy, I wanted to see progress, and both my mum and younger sister were doing a half marathon that year and I could barely run for 10 minutes straight. Talk about feeling under par. There is value in being able to regulate your activity and I feel accomplished every time I reach another goal. Plus, my mum always said that I should be able to run away if I am ever being chased by a bad guy and adrenaline can only get me so far.
It's true that running can be painful. My muscles don't always want to cooperate--especially if it's raining or windy. But it's also rewarding and addicting. The runner's high is a thing and I can now say I like running--I've learned to like running. While I don't see myself doing a marathon or even a half marathon, a colourful 5k is a real treat.
|A new friend and I modelling our dyed clothes.|