It’s Tuesday so I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:
Today’s Topic is: How Has Running Changed You? (Sorry I’m a week early.)
As I commented on another blogger’s post on this topic, it wasn’t actually running that changed me, it was tennis.
- Tennis was the first sport that I ever participated in (and I was in my 40’s)
- Tennis was the first sport that I ever competed in. I played on several teams and some even qualified for State and National competitions.
- I bought many different tennis outfits and tennis sneakers.
- I played tennis almost everyday.
- I thought and talked about tennis constantly.
- I took tennis lessons and participated in tennis clinics so that I could become a better tennis player.
- I watched the Pros play in person and on TV.
- My closest friends were those that I have met while playing tennis.
- I took many tennis vacations.
- My tennis friends and I did many things together besides playing tennis.
- Tennis kept me active, healthy and physically fit.
- Tennis gave me confidence.
- Tennis made me feel younger.
- My tennis friends talked me into becoming a runner.
So you can probably see a lot of similarities about how running may have changed my life. In fact, I can just substitute the word running above.
I now spend a lot (too much) money on racing, running clothes and shoes. I run often and talk about running to anyone who will listen. I take race-cations and sign up for running groups to improve my running. I have awesome friends that I have met through running.
How is running different from tennis and how has my life changed differently by becoming a runner?
- I have a blog and as a result, I have a lot of virtual running friends (and even have met some in person).
- I have a lot more flexibility in my active life. I can decide where and when I run and whom I run with.
- I set my own individual goals. My running goal or challenge does not impact anyone else.
- I am compared to other runners who are the same age. This has helped me feel successful and proud.
- I feel supported by other runners.
- Even a bad run can have positive effects on my mood or day.
I am so grateful to tennis because it introduced me to running.
And I can’t imagine my life without running.