I ran a 10K
in the Valles Caldera with my daughter this weekend.
I got up early, drove for two hours, froze my ass off and ran 6.2 miles up a mountain at 8500 feet elevation just for fun.
Why would several hundred people do something like this?
It wasn’t fun the whole time. As a matter of fact, NONE of the uphill was fun at all.
Especially that steep incline right at the end. You think you’re heading downhill to the finish line and then WTF?
Another climb. No that actually sucked.
I enjoyed being out in the wilds of the Jemez mountains. The morning air was quite cold but Iliked that too. It smelled good.
I liked the challenge of doing it. Proving to myself I could do it. I’m not a runner. This stuff is kinda hard for me.
It was fun being cheered on to the finish line over the last 100 yards or so. All the good runners were kind enough to offer their support. I appreciated it.
I liked the medal I got and great T-shirt too.
There is a buzz around events like this. You can feel the energy of everyone enjoying these same things.
It’s good to be active, fit (there were all levels of fitness out here) and just giving it a shot.
Why I do it
My reasons for staying fit are varied but center around longevity.
I want to:
- continue to do things I like to do like backpacking, skiing and fishing mountain streams. You can’t do this stuff sucking wind.
- watch my children grow up and have families.
- be a cool grandparent who can get down on the floor and play.
- travel and be active.
- knock off a lot of bucket list items.
- be around for as long as possible for my autistic son. I don’t think he’d understand me leaving him too soon.
So I stay fit to live life. To get the most out of it.
It’s not for everybody. I understand.
But for me, it makes sense.
I like training, especially lifting weights. It’s just my thing.
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What about you?
Is spending time and energy (and maybe a little pain from time to time) on getting/staying fit worth it to you?
Comment below why you do it.