Two years ago I experienced genuine joy while exercising for the first time in my life. Exercising used to be a tedious chore I only did to loose weight. I would find myself in this unhealthy rhythm of over-exercising followed by not exercising at all. When I would inevitably screw up my diet (as anyone on a diet is bound to do at some point) I would lose my motivation and stop altogether.
I have been consistently running for the past years and have been jogging every morning for the past three months. Last year I ran the Berlin Half Marathon and I’m attending another one here in Denmark this May.
The thing I love about running is that (in my case) it always takes me outside and breathing fresh air. It’s something I do alone so I get 30 minutes everyday to myself where I am left alone to process my own thoughts.
Instead of coffee or energy drinks, my morning boost comes from a 30 minute jog. There is something therapeutic about something so basic, simple, and natural (basically what our human bodies are designed to do).
In addition to being physically exhausting, a half-marathon also requires a lot of mental strength. As I trained, I learned how powerful a positive attitude and an insatiable will can be. By focusing and controlling my thoughts, I was able to trick my body into doing more than I ever thought was possible. Nothing beats crossing the finish line after 21.09 km (13.10 miles)! The indescribable feelings of pride, self-possession, and triumph I experienced afterwards marked a huge checkpoint on my journey of self-improvement.