Daily Challenge

Picture this:  You leave the house, walk towards the bike trail, and your GPS connects to the satellites. It’s just you, your running shoes, and your watch. There are no electronics that will buzz at any moment. You don’t have to respond to anybody nor do you have to listen to anyone. This is your time!

That picture is me everyday. How do I not get bored?

The answer: I daydream. I think about my problems, the world’s problems, or more importantly what I will have for dinner. And yes I talk to myself sometimes I even sing!

As a full time college student, running is an escape. It’s my alone time away from the world and all of my problems. Most people dread long runs, while I look forward to them. Here is some truth about those long runs:

  1. Miles 1-3 kind of suck. But after that I feel like I could run forever.
  2. Running teaches me to keep moving forward, one step at a time, even when I feel like I can’t.
  3. I always have to remind myself that if this were easy everyone would do it. But they don’t, I do.
  4. I run when I feel lonely. Seeing others on the trail brings me comfort. It reminds me that I am not alone. I consider all of them my friends!
  5. Exhausting myself is the most relaxing part of my day and it brings me the most satisfying feeling.
  6. It’s cheaper than therapy. Long runs give me time to work out my problems and let my mind wander.
  7. I have pooped in some of the strangest places. It’s true if you gotta go, you gotta go.
  8. Running makes me happy. People tend to do more of what makes them happy therefore I run.
  9. Long runs challenge me. Just like I hope my daily challenge for you challenges you!

Daily Challenge: On your run smile and say hello to another runner. Even better tell him or her they are doing a good job! Some of us forget that a simple smile can mean the world to someone and push them to keep going! Here is my smile for you! IMG_4018

Every blog post from here on out will have a daily challenge. Are you up for the challenge?

Run with purpose.


Haleigh Salemi





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