Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thoughts on Happiness

I'm quite confident that I will be repetitive with my posts, but... the repetitive points are often important.

I was thinking today about how I'm actually excited to be starting small with my running. It's a wild thing. I was running today, and I felt my face twisting up, and a knew that I was scowling. I remembered that last year, at my peak training, I would actually run with a great big fat grin on my face. It was sort-of embarrassing. A lot of the pictures that were taken by the photo crew at the Marathon were shots of me with a big cheesy smile.

On one hand, this came naturally. On the other, I recall telling myself "You really enjoy this. This is great for your health. It will be one of the best days of your life when you cross that finish line." Once, when I was running on the track at the High School in the dark, I was imagining myself in the marathon...with crowds cheering my name (drama-queen much?), and I actually (and accidentally) waved my hand at the stands like there were "fans" cheering for me. That REALLY put a smile on my face (and threw me off-pace with some hysterical private laughter). Point is, I made a CHOICE to enjoy running, because I knew that the pain and training I was enduring would have a great reward.

These days, I'm building slow--and that's completely necessary in order to prevent injury. I think the key, however, is to build slowly but consistently.

Philosophy? Surely it needs no explanation. It's about building slow, being consistent, and telling yourself "this is the best thing I've done for myself in a long time." The correlations with life are abundant. It's all about choices.