Did you get your run on today? I sure did!! While my workout was nothing to write home about I still did it and even though there were parts I hated I still had fun, and that’s all that matters. Now lets talk about why running is so awesome!
You’ve probably read a million blog posts, articles, websites, and books about the benefits of running. I know I have. And after awhile it all gets super repetitive. How many times have you seen something along the lines of “New studies show running is actually good for your knees!”, “Running for weight loss; what you need to know”, “Regular running can add a trillion years to your life”, I could go on, but I think you get my point.
There are a plethora of reasons why running is great for your health and that’s great! But how often do people actually talk about the things that make running fun? Not often enough, in my opinion! So without further ado, here are “Ashley’s 10 top things that make running super awesome but don’t involve your health (in no particular order)”! Catchy title, right? 😉
1. Other Runners
Seriously, have you ever met another group of people that are super friendly, accepting, willing to help and support each other, fun, determined, bad-ass, and all around awesome, as runners are?! I suppose I may be a little biased, but I’ve never met another runner who wasn’t all of those things and more!
So smile and wave (and maybe even strike up a conversation) when you see another runner out on the road/trail/track. We’re all in this together!
2. 5 AM (or earlier) Alarms
Ok, I’ll be the first to admit that waking up early to get your workout done before it gets too hot, or before work, or school, or whatever, is no fun. But you gotta admit, there’s something really satisfying about knowing that you’ve eaten breakfast, ran, showered, and got a jump start on your day before most people have even woken up.
Watching the sunrise is always a nice bonus.
3. Snow Running
I feel like I’m in the minority on this one, but winter running is my absolute favorite!! Even better if it’s snowing or if there’s snow on the ground.
There’s something so peaceful about running in the snow. Watching the snow flakes drift through the air, listening to it crunching under your feet, taking some pride in the fact that you are one of the few people out and about. It’s kind of magical. Just be wary of icy patches!
4. Crossing Finish Lines
There can be a lot of ups and downs when it comes to racing, but when you cross the finish line I hope you always have a feeling of accomplishment. Because completing a race, no matter how far, or fast, is still an amazing feat and is something to be proud of.
No one can deny it, running gear is pretty awesome!
6. Tan Lines
You know you’re proud of them. Even if they do look kinda awkward, at least they’re a conversation piece.
7. Post Run Showers
Especially a particularly hot/cold, or hard workout. Sometimes knowing that I get to take a nice hot shower after a cold run, or washing the sweat out of my hair/off the rest of me after a super hot run is the only thing that keeps me going. I’m not kidding.
8. Connecting With Nature
Obviously you don’t have to run to connect with nature, but it’s a great way to do it!
In my opinion, we spend way too much time inside or in big cities away from the outdoor world. Every once in awhile leave your headphones at home. Hit the trail, or rural road, or your local park, and just enjoy being outside. You may see/experience somethings that you may have otherwise missed out on. Like seeing the baby bunnies that live near the trail, or the flowers in the park, or the fall foliage, or hearing thunder rumble in the distance or the snow crunch under your feet. I think things like that are super important.
Food tastes 8 million times better after speed work, or a long run, or a race (at least if your stomach is up for it, that is). And since running just so happens to be one of the top calorie burning exercises, that means us runner have a pretty good excuse to eat that big helping of pasta, or a stack of pancakes, or an extra slice of pie, or 8 meals in one day because you burned over 1,000 calories on your long run and you’re ravenous!
Unfortunately you can’t do that kinda thing all the time, but it’s pretty exciting knowing that there are times when you can. Plus, who hasn’t day dreamed about lunch while out on a long run?
PR’s are always lots of fun! And in running there are several ways to obtain them!!
Run your fastest mile? PR! Shave .3 seconds off your 5k time? PR! Run a whole hour without walking? PR! Run a half marathon for the first time? PR! Run a weird race distance? Instant PR!
Those are pretty common things that people work to improve and set personal records at, but I also like to set funny little goals. I think that keeps things interesting and kinda helps keep my spirits up if I’m in a bit of a slump. Here are a few examples;
- PR for number of dogs pet on a single run: 3
- PR for number of people who I smiled and waved at: 7
- PR for the number of times I’ve been run off the trail by a cyclist: 4 (this was last summer though, I’m going to reset it this year)
- PR for the number of deer I’ve seen on a single run: 13
- PR for the number of times I’ve forgotten to wear moisture wicking socks :2
Seriously guys, having goals to strive for is super important but you don’t have to take them so seriously all of the time. Smile, laugh, have fun, let go a little, it’s great! I promise!
Well there you have it folks, 10 reasons why I think running is great! I’m not entirely sure how many times I said “awesome” while typing this, but I feel like it was a lot. That’s ok though, because running stuff is pretty awesome.
Now if you haven’t already, go out and celebrate Global Running Day by going for a run!
What’s your favorite post run snack?
Do you make up random/funny PR’s for yourself?
Do you agree with my list?
What would you add?