Running for the fun of it
In this issue of Sudbury Sports Magazine, we shone a light on one of the most accessible sports — running. Be it for fitness, recreation or competitive glory, it’s a sport almost everyone can pursue, be it the first-time runner or the seasoned racer.
It’s difficult to find a sport that does not require running in some way or another, whether you’re sprinting up the basketball court, down the first-base line or doing dryland training in your off-season.
Running also happens to be a personal favourite pastime of mine. It took nearly 25 years, but I finally convinced myself that running is actually enjoyable.
Six years, a number of races and obstacle courses later, I’m currently training to run my second half marathon. Come June, I’ll line up with hundreds of other women in the Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon. Truth be told, a good chunk of them are going to beat me — and that’s perfectly OK. The only person I need to beat that day is myself.
Most of us aren’t going to win the races, or even come close. But you don’t need to be the fastest runner to find success in running. The only thing that matters is that you’re better than you were the day before — maybe faster, maybe stronger or lighter. Or maybe just more self-confident.
We’ve all run at some point in our lives. Remember running wildly through the park as a child, trying to be the first to make it to the swings? Or sprinting around the schoolyard at recess, just because you could? Well, you still can.
We don’t forget how to run, we just get lazy about it. As we get older, running becomes more of a chore. When the sole purpose becomes getting or staying healthy, we tend to forget the feeling of freedom we used to get from running so fast, it felt like we could take flight at any moment. We tend to forget we didn’t care how we looked to others when we were running.
Mostly, we just forget that running should be fun.
Why not lace up your runners one more time? Invite a friend for a run. Sign up for a race — Sudbury Rocks is just around the corner (page 22). Get in touch with your inner child and just let your legs fly.
Following the launch of Sports Life’s inaugural edition, and upon receiving feedback from the community, the magazine is transitioning its name to fully identify the athletes, coaches and sports fans it celebrates. From this point forward, the publication will be known as Sudbury Sports Magazine. The new website is sudburysportsmag.ca — not to be confused with SudburySports.com, the online sports portal headed up by Randy Pascal. Along with continuing his own website, Randy will work with the magazine team to offer the most comprehensive coverage of the local sports scene.