Being healthy has always been important to me. I have been running for almost 10 years, looking for tasty and healthy recipes for 8 years. I obviously try to sleep at least 8 hours per day. I don’t smoke but do drink occasionally a glass of wine or beer. I have always done it, all on my own, because I don’t want to be a a granny that cannot move, barely crossing the street. I want to enjoy life, always.
Most of my friends really want to be healthy too, but sometimes it’s just hard. It’s hard to get out of the house on Saturday and go running, knowing that 30 min. after getting back you’ll feel so tired you could fall into a comma. Trust me, it happens to me too.
Whenever I talk with my friends after a run, they say:
“good for you! amazing, I wish you’d live closer so we could run together”. I say: ” well if the weather is nice, what’s stopping you?”
silence prevails, and I know I’ve touched a sensitive point. They are tired, want to stay in bed, in front of the t.v. just not to suffer in the open air, with music coming through the headphones, just like a private concert in the open air.
Let me put it like this: Imagine…
Sun rays on your shoulders, blue horizon, no clear end, your eyes look for boundaries but it’s one of those days when the sea and the sky become one. Everything is calm, clear, greenish-turquoise and your feet are on the golden sand. Imagine missing it all just because you don’t have a running partner. Imagine spending your only free day at home due to the simple fact that your friends are away or not into sports.
You may be afraid of failing, of giving up too quickly and not having the energy to pursue the traces of others’ steps on the sand. But, imagine you put on your headphones and Enrique Iglesias is singing his “Bailando” especially for you or your favorite 80’s-90’s song, the one that pumps you up with energy and you just want to reach that curve or stone. For me it can be “Enjoy the silence” by Depeche Mode. The blood runs in your veins, you are so alive and the world around is beautiful. You run under the bluest sky, the noise fades away and you feel indestructible even though your heart explodes and you’re out of breath. You switch to walking and now it’s Adele’s voice which brings back sad memories and lovers that left you wanting more.
But, you run away from your problems, from other voices that could have been humming beside you, stealing your attention from this world, beach, blooming flowers or handsome guys running shirtless.
So, everyday I put on my worn out New Balance running shoes, and walk out of the door, into a sunny day or to the cold but fresh evening air and run. until I fall, but it feels so good. so good to be alive.
Now it’s your turn, get up, the t.v. will be waiting for you, don’t worry. Get dressed and make the first step to a brighter and healthier future. The first step is always the hardest.