I remember my first time. It’s hard not to. I by no means am classified as a runner, by industry standards. I’ve never ran in a track meet. I joined track and field every spring in high school only to quit 3 weeks in after the pre-season workouts were over. To me those were the best. Partially because maybe I thought that I would not excel competitively but I also loved coming home, barely able to walk and laying in the bathtub for hours before dinner. I loved not being able to sit on the toilet because your legs were still on fire from may too many wall sits the afternoon prior.
I loved the training. Now looking back, I wished I had pushed myself through the season, I think I cut myself short because I was always looked at as the unathletic one. My sisters were great competitors and super smart on any field or court they set foot on. What I didn’t realize was that running may have required a different set of athletic skills that I think I possess. I started to run more and race after college, and I am really happy I did.
But anyway... The first time. You know the first time you didn’t feel your legs, and your lungs seemed to expand beyond their capacity to take in every positive vibe around you and more importantly use that to elevate your head a little higher. Yes, I am talking about runners high.
I remember mine like it was yesterday. and I dream about that feeling when I am pounding through a run that I so badly want to just stop and walk. My roommate and I had a good habit of running the large loop in Central Park on the weekends and it happened there. Right besides my good friend, in 60 degree weather on a sunny Saturday morning. You feel light, no pain, you are in a a constant state of moment and feel still all at the same time. They call it runners high, but you are very much grounded. Grounded with yourself, where you are in life and at that point you are truly present.
I’m sure like any other first time, everyone’s is different. It directly correlates to the time and effort you put into running but also your outlook on what you are doing for yourself. You will never experience the high unless you fully immerse yourself in it. If you are counting the steps, miles, watching the clock, looking at your split times you won’t ever allow your mind to get into the position to be in that state of bliss. So as much as you want to train hard, train hard. But don’t forget about the other aspect of running. Because as much as someone may say running is boring. Only the boring get bored. Allow the repetitive motions of running clear your mind to allow you to get to that higher point. That high.