“So you like running?! Why??”
I get this question ALL. THE. TIME. How could I possibly enjoy running? Now I know running isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s by far my favorite way to exercise. There are so many physical and mental benefits to running, some personal added bonuses, and definitely a boost of confidence it gives me to run.
So there are a few things that are absolute positives with running:
- You need very little equipment and very little coordination (perfect for me, lol)
- It is something you can do totally alone (who else needs a little “me time?”) or in a group (there are so many running clubs to join)
- You always feel better after you run, ALWAYS
- It makes you happier (scientifically proven)
- It can help you lose and maintain a healthy weight
All these reasons (which are just SOME of the benefits to running) are why I enjoy running. But specifically from all the reasons listed above, one of my favorite is using running as “me time.” I don’t listen to music, or podcasts, or really anything when I run. (yes, you can call me crazy now.) If I’m running alone, it’s my time to just be with my thoughts. Sure, sometimes I’ll listen to a little rap music before I run so I’ll sing a couple songs in my head. Also, the weird organizer, “Type A” part of me loves to make lists in my head and schedule my day while I run. But don’t get me wrong, I like running with people too. And probably my second favorite part about running is how it makes me feel so much stronger and leaner. Not to mention it really picks up my appetite; which is a great added bonus because I love food!
A lot of people may not understand me when I say I love running, but it’s definitely my favorite way to exercise. I love pushing myself to set new goals. And when you achieve those goals…. There is seriously no better feeling.
A few quotes related to running I’ve heard over the years that I love: “There is no one that can let you down in running except yourself.” And, “You’ll get out of running what you put in;” which may be one of my favorite parts about it! If there’s any of you reading who also like running, let me know why! And of those who don’t, what’s your go-to work out and what do you love about it?