Every morning, I get an email from Runner's World - Daily Kick in the Butt. Most days, it is a quote that mentions running, etc. The quote yesterday was:
Running improves my relationships with my family, my friends, everyone around me. And while my running is personal, it's also something I give. Running can be given. -- Tony Sandoval, M.D., winner of the 1980 US Olympic Marathon Trials
This quote could not have come at a better time. This quote also could not be more true, especially for me. The two weeks after the half marathon, my chiropractor recommended that I not run. Those two weeks were extremely hard on me because of how much I enjoy running. I felt like I wasn't as "in control", calm/relaxed, etc.
Last Thursday, I went on a run and immediately felt better. I felt relieved of some invisible burden. When I went to work the next day, I could feel myself just being in a better "place". While I have always enjoyed running, being without that release for two weeks helped me realize how wonderful a gift running really can be - a gift for me and a gift for those around me.