Anybody who runs know that hills are “death.” Running up hill is the most exhausting part of the workout, but its also the most rewarding. You make it to the top of that hill and everything becomes easier; your labored breathing slows, your stride opens up, and you feel to run on. Sometimes you reach the top of the hill and a downhill immediately follows, and you get to let gravity take you back down, but even the flat ground will feel better underneath your feet.
So, if hills are the hardest part of a run, why would I say to run for the hills?
I believe that hills are good for you; its the most difficult parts of the workout that make you stronger. The more hills you climb, the easier they become, and the downhills are so much more rewarding.
I ran my first half marathon this past weekend, so I’ve literally been running for the hills. The half was a physically tough and demanding experience, but also so rewarding, and it came at a really good time.
I would say that the past couple of months have been a hill in my life. I dealt with a lot the first couple of months of 2015; I fractured my wrist, my grandmother passed away, and I was “alone,” since my core group of friends are studying abroad. I didn’t stop when the uphill run got tough, I kept going because I knew there would be something great on the other side.
The half marathon was something I’d been considering running since last spring when several of my friends ran one, but I was always hesitant. 13.1 miles is a lot, and I was afraid I might not have time to train, or I might injure myself, or, above all, that I might fail. But things kind of fell into place over the last month and I wound up training and completing the Philadelphia Love Run.
The half marathon was something that I could focus on; it was a goal that I wanted to accomplish. So, instead of letting the struggles of my personal hill get to me, I pushed through. I started running more, and I centered my life around this healthy goal.
I was no longer just living, but I had something that I loved to do (running) to orient my life towards. I think it was because of my healthy outlet that I developed a fresh outlook on life, and things really started to improve for me.
On the other side of that hill I’ve found a great new group of friends, a more positive attitude, a healthier lifestyle, and I’ve re-discovered a love for distance running. (I might even run a marathon in the fall!)
Establishing healthy habits and having healthy goals to strive for can be such an important part of living a healthy life. I’ve talked a lot about finding something you’re passionate about when it comes to health/fitness, but I think have a goal or something you want to accomplish can be even more important. I’ve always liked to run and exercise, but I was in an “uphill” rut.
I was stuck walking up the hill, thinking I might never get to the top. But, when you have a goal, you run for the hill because you know that there is something wonderful on the other side.
I’d love to help you find your goal and fire up a healthy passion within you. So please, leave a comment, or contact me personally on Facebook.
Thanks for reading!
Peace, Love, Go Cats,