As much as I love talking about food, I equally love talking about running so I decided I would change it up a bit with the blog posts.
Everyone has their own reasons for running. My list may be longer than most, but I usually use this list (which has been in my head up until now) when I’m trying to help someone who wants to become a runner.
- To start my day off right. I am, always have been, (and probably always will be) a morning runner. Going for a run is the very first thing I do when I wake up. Maybe that’s because I can get a workout in before my body really has time to realize what I’m doing to it but I think it’s because it’s my way to start each day fresh. Regardless of what happened the day before, I can start off on the right foot (no pun-intended) if I get a good run in before work.
- To stay (somewhat) sane. My husband knows this is the most important point for me. I know that it’s important to take rest days and I definitely take my fair share of them, however, when I do take one, I can feel it. I am just not myself and I often feel “blah” for the rest of the day. Running (and knowing that I have accomplished my workout) gives me a more positive attitude to go through my day with.
- Quality “Me” Time. Even the most social people need alone time. Running gives me the time to reflect on all my feelings & emotions and it allows me to think clearly and find solutions to any problems I’m currently facing.
- So that I can EAT. Just because you run doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want. But I LOVE to eat and running allows me to do that somewhat freely without having to count every calorie. Not to mention that running 10+ miles every weekend gives me a reason to splurge without the guilt every now and then :).
- To have a sense of accomplishment. Some people get this feeling when they complete project at work, some people get this feeling when they finish cleaning their house. I get this feeling when I run.
- To stay healthy. This is kind of no-brainer. We only get one body, why would you not want to take care of it? It isn’t about staying thin, it’s about staying healthy.
- It can be done almost anywhere. Running is one of the most versatile exercises. I don’t have to stress about getting a workout in on vacation because I’ll most likely be able to find a place to run. You don’t need a pool, you don’t need a bike, and there are ALWAYS treadmills at any gym. No excuses!
The list goes on and on and I’m sure if I sat here long enough, I would think about 100 more to write about but I won’t bore you with all of those. Keep Running!