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Why I Love Running

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

My running schedule goes as follows:


Monday mornings - I don't run. I hit the gym and lift before I go to work.

Tuesday mornings - I have a short, easy run to recover from lifting.

Wednesday mornings - I have a speed run to help me increase my VO2 Max, and build race pace.

Thursday mornings - I lift again, and I have another easy run.

Friday mornings - Another speed run to help me increase my tempo once more.

Saturday mornings - I do nothing but eat, rest, and maybe even go for a short walk.

Sunday mornings - Long run, my favorite part of the schedule.


Repeat.


I work a regular job, just like most. I'm single, I live alone, and I have no children to speak for. It's just me, myself, and I. There are three things that are important to me; my faith in Jesus, this business I'm starting, and of course, running.


Running is what keeps me going. Running is what relieves stress brought on by the "real world". When I run, no one can bother me, and nothing can distract me. I am in my element. I am in my zone. It's just me, a pair of Sauconys, and the pavement.


I run for Jesus, first and foremost. I run for freedom, and I run for me. I run because it is when I am my happiest, despite the aches, pains, blisters, and bruised toenails. Running is life.


Some outsiders may think that's insane, and that I'm "addicted". Well, maybe I am. They wouldn't understand because they obviously don't run. Some may not even do anything they enjoy doing. They work, they pay their bills, and they follow a certain routine that keeps them so occupied that they have little to no time to spend on the things they say they enjoy doing. They call that "life". That's not what life is all about. Life is not all about work, work, and work. Life is not about paying bills. Life is not restricted just to feeding your families (yes, you should probably still feed your families... you're a monster if you don't!). Life should be about making time for the ones you love, and the activities you love, even with a busy schedule. If you're not doing this, you're not living. You're dying.


Years ago, my escape was nightclubs and hole-in-the-wall pubs. I blew money on beers, shots, and women. Today, my money goes into everything I am currently investing in, which are my own running gear, and my businesses. I am starting a brand of clothing, and so far, it's generating interest. Hopefully, something positive happens here.


I am encouraging all of you to do whatever it is you enjoy, and do what makes you happy. Even if it's not running (not all people like running anyway), whatever it is that makes you feel the way I do about running, do it. For some of you, it could be singing. It could be dancing. It could be carpentry, or it could be gardening. Whatever it is that brings you joy, do that. Life should never be "all work, no play". Life is meant for you to enjoy what you do. Find your passion!


Until next time,


Marcus

The Freedom Runner

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