First Run of the 2024

First Run of the 2024

First Run of the 2024

First run of the 2024 has been completed.

Wow, how happy I am! This year, I usually exercised on an elliptical trainer, but today I decided to do it differently. I’ll run. I want to get back to running, which I stopped in 2022. Running has many advantages, but that’s not the only reason I do it. I run to see nature, to see the landscape, to feel the smell of trees and bushes, to feel young again.

When I run, it reminds me of when I ran in primary school. Back then, I felt the pure joy of moving, of racing with friends across the schoolyard, of feeling the wind in my hair. Those were simpler times, filled with laughter and endless energy.

Then in high school, my focus shifted to handball. I played more volleyball and loved the team spirit, the strategic plays, and the thrill of the game. Running became a part of training, but it wasn’t the main focus. It was just a way to stay fit, to be ready for the next match.

After high school, I joined the army. Running took on a new significance. It was no longer about fun or fitness; it was about discipline and survival. We ran every day, no matter if it was raining, snowing, or a strong wind was blowing. I had to run. It was tough, but it built a resilience in me that I still carry today.

Now, years later, I find myself drawn back to running for different reasons. I run to reconnect with nature, to feel the ground beneath my feet, to breathe in the fresh air. There’s a meditative quality to it, a chance to clear my mind and find peace in the rhythm of my footsteps.

Today’s race was a triumph for me. I wasn’t competing against anyone else; I was challenging myself. I wanted to see if I still had that drive, that passion. And as I crossed the finish line, I felt a wave of emotions. Joy, pride, and a deep sense of accomplishment washed over me.

Running is more than just a physical activity; it’s a journey through my memories, a way to revisit different stages of my life. From the carefree days of primary school to the disciplined runs in the army, each step I take brings back a flood of memories.

I’m happy, I can start the day with this incredible sense of achievement. The 2024 race has been completed, but my journey with running continues. Here’s to many more runs, many more memories, and the joy of feeling truly alive.

Here are the results from my run today.

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