Empower MeFeet: Empower me.
It occurred to me today, while I was engaged in said activity, why I love it so much. It is not because it is fun. I don't think anyone who runs would call it fun exactly, I mean not the way going to a movie is fun.
Running is work. I am in pretty good shape so it doesn't hurt --I wouldn't call it "pain". I would call it "strain". Uphill is a strain, on the legs, but also on the arms and the torso and all the different muscles that have to work in unison to get you ...up. The perpetual motion is gratifying because it is not easy, so there is an element of satisfaction that comes from not having to stop and sit on the curb and have a drink. We all start out that way, but the idea is to be able to one day, you know, run for an extended period of time. There is a definate sense of accomplishment when you know you have more miles behind you than ahead of you as you near home.
I like to run outdoors (never a track),and if you do that you have to contend with the elements, always. Tackling these handicaps makes the whole experience even more exhilirating.
But mostly, I feel strong when I run. I am strong. But psychologically it makes me feel empowered. Just knowing that I can do it makes me feel a little bit like I can do anything.
All that from a pair of sneakers. Cool.