On my Fall Into Fitness introduction post earlier this week I got a comment from Kim asking WHY I run. I had to stop and think, well gee, didn’t I already do a post about this? I wrote about my relationship with running just last week!
Well while I talked about my relationship with running, I never talked about WHY I run.
Here you go Kim (and anyone else who wants to know):
- It’s an “easy” form of fitness. Really all you need is yourself and shoes and somewhere to go. I even read about a lady who, because she was uncomfortable about her weight, trained for a 5K in her house. Sure, I buy nice shoes and I like to swoon over fancy gear, but really, it’s as simple as you can get.
- So many benefits including weight loss, cardio and heart health, confidence, and mental health.
- It’s challenging. Want to push yourself? Run. Need to push yourself more? Run faster. Or up a hill. Or farther.
- Let’s be honest. It burns major calories and I like that.
- Jamie over at Cue Your Life said it best, “Because I can’t afford full-time therapy.” I could not have said it better myself! A lot of people talk about being able to think on their runs, but I do the exact opposite. I zone out which is an amazing relief from my constant habit of over thinking everything. And if I am cranky and I hit the pavement, more often than not, I come back feeling a lot better.
- It keeps me accountable on so many levels. Eat like crap and you will feel it on your run (unless you have some ridiculous tolerance for junk food, I don’t). Drink too much and you will feel it. Skip too many workouts and you will FEEL it.
- It makes me feel like a rockstar, and humbles me like no other. I am constantly learning new things about myself because of my runs. Even bad run, I learn something.
- Because a part of me hates it/is terrified by it. I don’t know what it is, but a part of me wants to love it because I hate it and it’s such a struggle for me to lace up my shoes and get out there three times a week. I want to triumph over this and get to the point where I actually look forward to running.
- I will constantly have room for growth. I know myself and I know by body. I can safely say I really don’t think I will ever run a marathon, and I know that I will always be able to increase my speed or run times.
- I have to rely on ME. So many times in life it’s easier to blame someone else or to hold someone else accountable for what happens. You can’t do that on your run. Sure you can blame it on the weather or your shoes or the route you took, but really at the end of the day it’s you, and learning from that is super important.
Trust me, I know running isn’t for everyone and I respect that 100%. Being fit isn’t just about finding something that helps you reach your body-related goals, but it’s about finding something you’re passionate about and having fun with it.
Why do or don’t you run?