“I love running – it is something you can do by yourself and under your own power. You can go in any direction, fast or slow as you want, fighting the wind if you feel like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs” (Jesse Owens).
Running is such a wonderful sport. Since I have started running regularly I have more energy and I feel younger. Whenever I go out, for an easy run or for an harder training, I feel challenged and alive. I learned to keep going, even when it’s hard, when it hurts, when I don’t want to. I look past it. That’s what it added to my personality: stubbornness, endurance, determination, call it what you want.
Running brings me close to nature and to myself: I listen to my breathing, it is a time to be alone, to enjoy the views and forget about the problems of the day. Every season, sometimes every day, has a different smell. Another aspect of running which I love is what it does for my health, especially my heart and cardiovascular system; the way it helps me concentrate better and to improve my memory, to get rid of headaches and also to improve my skin tone. Being in good physical shape makes me feel better about myself and brings more confidence. Running is a good way for getting rid of stress because it literally runs off the bad hormones. Sweat cleanses me from the outside, it reaches places that a shower could never reach.
It doesn’t matter how fast or how far I go, when I run I’m a runner. It’s an inclusive sport: it doesn’t matter if it is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years; there is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get: I just run. Some people don’t see any sport in it, they argue that running lacks rough conflict. Yet the conflict is there, you against yourself, the cruelest of all opponents. To me is more raw and challenging than any man versus man competition. When I run my adversary lies deep within me, in my ability, with brain and heart, to control and master myself and my emotions.
I love to run and since I have started training hard enough to really feel it, I discovered that running is all about freedom.