Rediscovering the Joy of Running

Taking the unfamiliar route today, I felt a familiar tingling feeling on my skin: goosebumps! Whenever goosebumps appear on my runs, they are almost always accompanied by a surge in energy and enthusiasm, and this time it was no different. I picked up my pace and ran like I hadn’t run in ages: I had a spring in my step, and it felt good… really good.

This feeling took me by surprise as I hadn’t felt it in such a long time in any of my training runs. For the past few years, training runs have always been a chore; I often felt lethargic, sleepy even. I had carried out casual investigations into its cause (I used to love running, why don’t I now?) I thought it might have been because of the food I was eating; the time I was running (night vs. day); or perhaps the shoes I was wearing. I experimented eating different foods; running at different times; and changing my shoes; but nothing worked. I resigned myself to my new, lethargic, running fate.

Then came the goosebumps. This is it, I thought to myself. The reason why I was feeling lethargic all of this time, was due to the damn same old running route I kept using!

By breaking up my routine, running starting becoming fun again. I actually enjoyed my run for the first time in ages.

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My name is Donn, and you’ll find me working at the intersection of business and information technology, constantly looking for ways to apply IT to business and life to make things better. I’m a big fan of data analysis and its subsequent communication. It always gives me a thrill extracting meaning out of data through analysis, and figuring out the best way to present the findings for maximum impact!

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