“I loved the feeling of freedom in running, the fresh air, the feeling that the only person I’m competing with is me.” – Wilma Rudolph
It’s been said that running is the rawest form of freedom we have. It’s a way to escape and get outside of our own heads for a while. It’s the best feeling in the world. Here’s why:
We escape the world and tune into our music, the world, the sights and sounds around us. There’s a shift in feeling. The only thing we can focus on is the burning sensation in our legs to want to move farther.
We go into the run with questions, frustrations, anger, anxiety, or eager feelings. It’s releases all of those problems and makes us focus on something else. It forces us to stop thinking about whatever it is that’s crowding space in our heads.
Then we come back feeling free, and feeling like we suddenly have answers. We’re freed from the questions that were bouncing around in our heads and can finally sort out all the answers. Running is a set of answers to questions. Running is freedom.