Facebook, the blog, blog reading, Twitter and even my email have been neglected lately. I finally sat down last night to make sure there were no emails that needed immediate attention. As we transition from the school year to summer, I anticipate there will be a lot of shuffling things around as I try to figure out how to make sure we all have a fun summer while I still manage to get my work done every day. The pressure of this has been another reason I've needed my daily runs or P90X or whatever it happens to be for that day.
Every workout helps put a little balance back into my day. I needed some balance yesterday, and my husband could see that when he told me to go for a run just before noon. I told him I was giving my hip an extra rest day, so he suggested I use the elliptical instead. As I slipped my shoes off 35 minutes later, I realized the balance of the day had been restored.
I also realized that for all it did give me, no matter what effort I put into an elliptical workout, a bike ride or P90X Synergystics, I never get the same thing I get from a run. There is no cycling or P90X "high." There's just an extra something that comes from a run. Maybe not everyone feels this way. Maybe some people feel better after going hard on the elliptical for an hour than they would after a 60 minute run.
Maybe that something is what makes a runner.