Thursday, April 11, 2013
What do You Love about Running?
1) It really adds to my marriage. Since I am a science geek and hubby is an artist it would be easy to have less and less in common over the last 20 years. Running has a dual benefit: it gives us a common love and hobby and it gives us uninterrupted time together,
2) I used to workout, hard, and never looked or felt like this. I could never get as lean as I got when I started running.
3) The focus. I actually feel like I am more mentally focused.
4) Less afraid. I honestly thought I could never run. Now that I know I can it makes me less scared to try other things.
5) Layering, stay with me. I always admired those girls who could wear layers and not look like the Michelin Man or the Pillsbury Dough boy, but look cute, quirky, and comfortable. After 2 years of running and losing around 20 lbs. I now can sport layers without being self conscious or feeling like I need to stop random strangers to let them know I am not heavy these are layers. I was even able to wear trendy scarves this year.
6) Health. Ironic, I know, since for the last two weeks all I have done is whine about how sick I have been. But here is the reality, in the past, when I got something like this from my husband whose job as an elementary school teacher basically makes him a walking Petri dish. I would have been knocked out for a month or more. This time, though not easy, I was back running after just 7 days. Today I felt pretty much like my old self. A record recovery for me.
7) Strength. Running makes me feel stronger. It makes me feel like I can handle more, partly because it really helps to mitigate stress.
8) Races. I genuinely like races. Not because I am ultra-competitive, which I might be a little. But because to me they are like big energetic group runs.
9) Sightseeing. There is no better way to see a new place, or even places you might unconsciously drive by, then by running a neighborhood.
10) Running clothes and shoes. Ladies an excuse to shop! I now live in running clothes and my retired running shoes. What can be more comfortable? See number 2; I worked hard for this body and running clothes show it off.
There are lots of reasons to love running. For everyone it is different. What is it for you?