Why I love to run
I see people posting on the social media websites about how much they hate running.
I often get asked how I can find it fun to run for 2 hours at a time.
People ask what made me want to start running.
We switched gyms a few days ago because I was officially fed up with waiting for a treadmill.
As I was running last night I couldn’t help but think that I was in the exact place it all started about 3-1/2 years ago.
Sure running and I have had our ups and downs.
We’ve had our good days; and we’ve had our bad days.
We’ve broken up a few times, but somehow we always end up back together.
1. It makes me feel good.
Running is my drug. There is no other feeling I get from completing a tough interval workout.
There is no better feeling than seeing the progression, even though at times it takes a while to really see it. When I first started this journey, I remember how long and exhausting it felt to run for 20 minutes straight on the treadmill. Today, I am imagining myself on that torture device for 2 hours this weekend.
2. Running has taught me a lot about myself.
I never did track in high school. I did cross country in middle school, but that was simply for a after school activity to do.
I never had any desire to run. I simply started to run to get in better shape over the winter. Nothing special.
I have pushed myself beyond where I ever thought was possible. Interval workouts are the toughest thing EVER. I haven’t puked before, but have been really dang close. And yes, this is “fun” to me.
3. The scenery.
Running in the winter around these parts can be rough at times.
Sometimes its cold. Sometimes its snowing and there is ice everywhere.
Sometimes its hot. Sometimes its raining.
But most of the time you really can’t beat the places you go and the things you get to see while you’re out.
It’s no secret, I love my road races. I have only done one trail race. I have 2 scheduled this year. But the scenery you see is amazing!
My favorite place to run is Moab. I don’t think I’ve ever ran a more pretty road race. It runs right a long the Colorado River down a gorgeous red rocked canyon. It never gets old to run this race.
4. Its me time.
Sure I love to run with people.
But I also really love the alone time. I never get deep into thought about anything. When I try to think about something, it usually just drifts out of my mind.
I’m not the person to run with music either. I enjoy hearing the leaves move in the wind and the birds chirping. I love the steady rhythm of my feet hitting the pavement.
5. Running for a cause.
That’s what Two Little Feet is all about.
Running for those people who aren’t with us physically anymore. But gosh dangit, I know they are with me everyday I’m out there on my runs.
Remembering these people.
Honoring these people.
So I ask, why do you love to run?