I have had several people ask me how I stay motivated to keep at it, to keep working out through this injury. Where do I find the dedication to hop on the elliptical or do yoga week after week when I really just want to run. Why don't I just give it up? I don't know that it is easily explained to a non runner. I don't know how to put it into non running terms.
When I am driving in a car and I look over and see a road I have run on, and enjoy running on, I feel a pang of wanting to be out there running on it. I can almost feel it for a second when I close my eyes. My feet hitting the dirt roads in a happy run dance.
When I see a trail, a hill, or a fence line I enjoy running, the urge to run on it hits me and for a moment I am so sad I'm not at a point where I can go run it. For me there is no packing it in and accepting defeat. I want to get back out there and run. I want to be back out there loving it, pushing myself to new limits.
I'm am going to try to put it into non-running terms
You know when you go on a great vacation and have the time of your life. Later you look back at your pictures and you wish you were back there in that moment and you can almost smell the ocean and feel the sand between your toes and you want to be doing that again? That's how it is when I think of running. I want to be there again, I can feel it.
or those times out with friends dancing and having such a great time. The pulse of the music moves you. The loud bass beating out a rhythm that you jive to, the exhilaration of the movement and later when you hear that song you want to get up and dance to it? That's running to me. A happy dance to move my body to.
You know that scene at the start of The Sound of Music when Julie Andrews is singing and she has her arms open wide, in love with how "the hills are alive with the sound of music" I think of running that way sometimes, my arms open wide wanting to capture the feeling and never let it go. I want to feel alive with the movement of running.
That's all I got. Do think that helps a non runner get it?
How would you explain it to a non runner?