It’s hard to believe that in 2012, the year I will turn the ripe ol’ age of 28, I will also celebrate two years of running.
Summed up in my Running Story, I went from a total non-runner to now, training to run a BQ. I know they say these things don’t happen overnight, but I really cannot put into words how/what/where or when it happened, but running has definitely become a huge part of my life.
I am so thankful for the support of friends, family, the running and blogging community and yes, even those meanie pants runners that don’t smile or wave back when I see them on my countless runs. Thank you for every “like” on Facebook when I post yet another treadmill workout, each text message or e-mail to tell me that you’ve decided to lace up a pair of running shoes to jog around your neighborhood or asking me “how long is that next marathon you’re running?” ;)
Becoming a runner was never my plan – but life happens when you’re making plans, right? So, I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you all WHY I LOVE RUNNING…
(10) I’m not “good at” other sports.
Seriously. You might think you’re bad at a sport / physical activity, but that’s because you have not seen me attempt it! I have very little hand-eye coordination, and even in running, I have a tendency to spazz out (fall off treadmill, fall in holes, you know, the usual
(9) You can always improve.
Running around town, or running in a race, you are continually humbled – humbled by those who are much faster than you, and humbled by those much slower than you. Old, young, fat, skinny, tall, short…these are but minor considerations when it comes to running. You truly get out what you put in when it comes to running and I look forward to the challenges as I continue my running journey.
(8) It’s an excellent talking point.
As a receptionist, it’s easy to revert to mundane small talk with clients and visitors (“how’s about that weather?” can only be discussed a certain number of times in the day). Since running makes me happy, I try and sneak in some sort of running tidbit into a majority of conversations and am so excited when it results in meeting another runner!
(7) It’s (kinda) cost-efficient.
Race registration fees can be exorbitant, but racing does not have to be synonymous with running, and really, when you think about it, running doesn’t “require” a lot – a great pair of shoes, a well-fitting sports bra and really, the rest is details compared to something like cycling (uh, bikes are expensive) or skiing/snowboarding (gear + lift passes) and the like.
While I do not recommend eating a lot of junk and then justifying it with miles you’re gonna run later, running does allow that cushion for a few extra calories here and there that is definitely desirable. On a serious note, running has taught me so much about how my body works most efficiently, and so the element of “food” really is a reason to love running!
(5) Helps your goal-setting.
I am a goal-oriented, list-making fool. Running fits right into my neat little world, where I can check off a box after completing a run, or ‘run’ (harhar) yet another round of McMillan statistics. While I make new running goals, I simultaneously am able to factor in the idea of planning to other facets of my life – I used future running goals as a baseline, for example, in establishing a 5 and 10 year rough plan for career/life/etc.
(4) Makes you look good!
(3) It’s an opportunity to be “in total control”
Running is stress relief, for sure – and not just physical stress. Running is my opportunity to call all the shots. There are no deadlines, no grades, no boss, just you.
(2) You can save lives.
The best decision I’ve made in the past 6 months is definitely deciding to join Team in Training to train for the Shamrock Marathon. Not only have I had the opportunity to meet and train with amazing coaches and extraordinary teammates, but I’ve been able to channel my love and dedication for the sport to a great cause. I’ve contributed $1911.20 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, thanks to…
(1) The PEOPLE.
The people, the people, the people! The support of the running community is just amazing! When I first started out, I was but a mediocre jogger, but through twitter, Facebook, FitFluential, #runchat, #runDisney – I’ve found so many people to help not only establish my identity as a runner, but offer tips, training help, encouragement and so much more.
Check out some fellow runner’s reasons here.
Please consider Running for Sherry this weekend. I will be!