1. On a good run, I feel like I can do anything.
I remember last year during a particularly good run, I had this thought: "I feel like I can literally conquer anything right now." I'm usually a pretty confident person, but there is something about pushing myself mentally and physically that never fails to motivate me in other aspects of my life. I didn't feel like I could run 10 miles, or even 5. I'm sure I was getting tired. But I felt that in life in general.. I could do anything.
2. You don't need a lot.
Good running shoes (from a real running store), weather-appropriate clothes, and music/GPS if you prefer. Then you just GO OUTSIDE. No gym membership, no fancy equipment. If you live on a road, BOOM, you have what you need. At our old town home we lived by two lakes seperated by a bridge. I would run that path every time just to see the amazing view. But the good part of running is you can go anywhere. You can mix it up as much as you want.
3. I've found that once I started running, I started caring less about losing weight and more about running more.
My goals are about getting out on the pavement more frequently, or going a further distance. It's no longer about the scale and the pounds. I just want to run. And I realize that won't make me drop pounds quickly or chew away all my cellulite. But, I don't really seem to care anymore.
4. It's social.
I don't mean running is social in that when I run with friends I have conversations. We don't. Those people who run 20 miles all while talking to their partner are seriously mental in my book. Freaks of nature. But even though my running buddy and I have headphones in the entire time, I know she is there. And she knows I am there. I don't want to let her down so it helps me run faster and longer. And I like to help push her in return. It's really rewarding to accomplish milestones together.
5. I come back a better person.
This one sort of sums up the other reasons but I walk out the door often tired or moody or stressed. When I walk back in I'm a new person with a fresh perspective. I'm a better girlfriend, doggy mom, friend, etc. It just rejuvenates you.
6. There's always a new goal ahead.
When I started I just wanted to see if it was possible to run a mile. I never could before and I wanted to understand how people did it. Once I ran the right way, I got passed a mile. Then 2. Then 3. Then 4. Then I started running 5Ks. Now that I've done a few I could say I've accomplished my first goal. But now I have my sites on more. Possibly a 10K in my future. A 10K terrifies me. But what's the point in a goal if it doesn't scare you shitless?
(I've had this on my computer since Jan 1. Taunting me to take the plunge.)
7. I became that person I said was crazy. And I liked it.
I use to see people running on really hot or cold days or hear of people running for miles as a daily routine. I thought they were crazy. CRAZY. And a lot of them still are to me. I'm still a complete novice compared to most. But yesterday as I was running on a snowy road as cars passed, I realized, the people in these cars are probably totally judging me. I'm that crazy person. And I smiled.
8. It's just me and my thoughts.
Running is so great because I can get out of the house for 30 minutes or more and just be. I can either focus on the music and my body and just let off steam, or I can focus on some things that I've been wanting to work through in my mind. It's a great way to sort out an argument or weigh a decision.
9. The endorphin rush is an incredible high.
I will admit I don't know what it's like to get a drug high, but I imagine it may be something like a runner's high. The endorphins you get while running not only help you push yourself to limits you never thought possible, but they power you for the rest of the day. After a run, I find that I'm so productive. I do laundry, cook, clean. And the best part is that I'm in a great mood. The world looks so much brighter in a post-run haze.
10. The road is always there.
Not to get too deep on you guys... This isn't a "Want Women Want" advertisement. But it's true. Whether it's been 2 days or 2 months since I ran. I can always get back out there. No matter how down on myself I get for skipping days or putting it off, once I just get back out on the pavement, it all comes back to me and I remember these reasons I loved it in the first place.
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