Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Why I love running

I have been running for over 6 years. I think. I don't know, I've lost count. But I love it. Sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I love-hate it. But overall, I love it. For today's Training for Tuesday, I wanted to talk about why. Linking up with Alyssa and Tracy.

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It makes me feel good. It makes me feel healthy and strong. It makes me feel like I am doing something for my heart and my health, that I am helping myself live longer. It makes me feel better about the tub of ice cream I'm about to eat.

I run because I enjoy it. I run because I want my heart to be healthy, and for the scale to stay down. I run so my clothes fit, and I run to look good.  I run because it helps me eat better. Sometimes.


I run to think and I run to release stress. I run because it helps me sort my thoughts out, big things seem smaller, it helps me sleep so I don't lay awake stressing about those things. I run because it changes the way I see things.

I run because it makes me feel like I've got my shit together, like I'm in control of my life. I run because I have issues, and running helps quieten those issues. I run because it helps my mind stay healthy, as well as my body.

I run because of that smile from a fellow runner that says so much 'well done, good job, you can do this' with no words. I run because I am inspired by other runners, whether they are better, worse or the same. I've never met a runner who has made me feel bad about myself or my running.

I run because it's fun.


I run because I can, and because I get better. I feel strong and capable when I improve at something. I run because you don't have to be the best. You can be 'slow'. You can walk.

I run because I can stop if I want to, take a break and get back on the horse when I like the horse again. I run because no matter how long I have been doing this, I am still challenged.

I run because that makes me a runner. I don't have all the fancy gadgets and a million races under my belt, but that doesn't make me any less of a runner than those that do.

I run because I'm selfish. It's not doing anything or helping anyone but myself. It makes me feel better, it makes me feel good, and what's wrong with that? Sure, I have to slog through the feeling like crap and like I'm dying first, but after that. I feel good.



But most of all, I run because I get out of it what I put into it, and if that isn't the best metaphor for life, I'll go hee.

I know running isn't for everyone, and for those who don't want to, there is nothing wrong with that. You do you, I do me. I just wanted to talk about why I love it.

Why do you love what you do? Whether that is running, Muay Thai, yoga or barre?

45 comments:

  1. I went through a phase where I loved to run then I hated it and I'm still stuck on the hating it part. I really nee to get back out there and try it again though. It really is such a good stress reliever! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. Running is my me time, I just love it!

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  3. I really dont think there is any other reason to continue doing something healthy for you other than your first sentence - it makes you feel good - strong and healthy!! Working out just makes me feel good - like I did something for myself! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. I love this so much! Running means so much to me and sometimes I have a hard time articulating that to people. At the end of the day, it's about so much more than just putting one foot in front of the other, and you perfectly captured just about every reason why!

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  5. I love this! Sometimes it seems like everyday I have a new reason to love it, but strong is a pretty powerful one. And when I don't feel strong... I convince myself that this mile is a liar and try to work on to the next one! Happy running!!!

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  6. You run because you are awesome!!! I lift and teach because it's something I enjoy and I want to help others get fit too. I need to add running back into my workouts. You know, after the snow melts.

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  7. This is exactly how I feel about working out, especially "later I think I'll have pie" - or wine! And how fun that you've done the color run, I need to do one of those here, they look like a great way to have fun with your friends while burning off stress <3
    Green Fashionista

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  8. love is such a love hate thing. and when you love it, there is no turning back! it's so great and addicting. the color run was so much fun! what a great experience :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  9. You know I love running too! These are the same as my reasons why I love it..makes me feel and look good ;)

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  10. The HP quote is on point for running. You definitely suffer through it but you're usually happy about the run once it's over!

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  11. This is really fun to read, even as a non-runner I do get why you love it! Like you said, I have my own things that do this for me (dancing, weights especially) and I think it's important for everyone to have a something that does this for their body and soul!

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  12. i run sideways--it's the craziest thing. even on a treadmill i will fall off. happy australia day by the way!!!!!! i think i'm a day late? but i will have a tim tam in your honor! or honour?? ;)

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  13. I love this!! I needed this as I'm struggling to get through this half marathon training! And also, if I've just burned off 500 calories, that piece of pie doesn't seem so bad!!

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  14. I love this so much. Running used to be my nemesis, but I grew to love it last summer. Running pregnant isn't nearly as fun, but I'm so glad I learned to enjoy it because it's great for my body, my mind and to teach my little boy that hard work pays off :D

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  15. It's always so hard to get back on the horse again, but it's such an amazing feeling when you finally do! I also love running because it means that I do have the option to eat that little something extra when I want it :)

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  16. I love this Kristen! I have a love/hate relationship with running. A bad knee coupled with bone problems in my feet don't make running that easy for me but its something that I WANT to do so I just keep pushing through no matter the pain. I may never be a marathoner (or even a half marathoner though its something I'm striving for) but as long as I just keep running I'm happy with where I'm at

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  17. I love running but my chiropractor put a big no no on that so I also love to walk, swim, barre, dance etc!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  18. While I love all of your benefits and why you love running, I just don't like it. I prefer walking. I can walk for hours and hours but after 3 minutes of running, I'm done.

    I used to LOVE Zumba until it gave me all the pains in all the places and the people teaching and taking the classes where I was caused more drama than attending the classes was worth. I'm thinking about trying to find somewhere new to go because I really did enjoy it.

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  19. Oh lady YES! A lot of people (mostly non-runners) question why I run. My answer? I love running because it's not something I ever thought I'd be able to do. I made a choice and the decision to try without quitting. And boom. Now I'm a freaking runner. Yes, please.

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  20. While I dont love to actually run....I love how I feel as I am finishing up a run! It feels incredible to know that my body just worked hard and I made it through!

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  21. Oh, how I love this. You know I have similar reasons, but in some ways it feels so hard to put into words why I continue to do this—even when I sometimes complain about it. There are immeasurable physical, emotional, mental benefits, but then the intangible benefits make it something different and even bigger. <3

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  22. Preach it...
    I run because I was told by so many in my family I could never do it. IN YO FACE - the best reason to do most things :)

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  23. ha! you gave a shout out to Muay Thai!! YAASSSS! for real, this is such an incredible, inspiring post. do what you love and you will never feel like not doing it.

    muay thai has seriously changed my life and it doesn't even feel like work. i love it so much that when i started, i totally forgot about the weight loss factor and when i looked in the mirror 2 months later, i discovered that i have abs and that THEY SHOW! like a legit 4 pack abs! and to think that i used to stare at my core all day long because i was like ABS! WHERE ARE YOU!! then muay thai came along and it didn't even feel like work because it's so much fun. i dont know where i'm going with this other than i'm rambling and that i love muay thai LOL

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  24. Go you!! Running can be so difficult to get into but once you do, gosh it's a lovely form of exercise that benefits your entire day. your reasons are spot on. And look how cute you look all covered in color!!!

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  25. I love this post so much! I agree with everything you're saying! I love the feeling I get after pushing through a tough run and the fact that I feel accomplished after every run!

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  26. I love this! I love running because you can just leave your house, run, and come back to your house. Or if you are travelling, you can just run there. On the weekend, I brought one kid to my parents' house, brought my runners, left her there with them for a half hour and ran 3.5 km. I wouldn't have been able to drop her, go to the gym, and come back in that amount of time :) I guess I just feel like I get a good workout in a shorter time away from the family :) BUT running in the winter up here is NOT as easy as I wish it was!!! Sorry for the long comment lol but I too am loving running these days ;)

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  27. I used to be sooo anti-running and then took it up last year! I haven't run in months though so I'm kind of terrified of it. I want to get back into it!

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  28. I always love the feeling when I'm done with running its just around the 15 min mark when I'm sucking wind and hating life I just have to remind myself the feeling when done!

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  29. And you should definitely to continue to do you! I've never been a runner but I've always admired runners because it is a great stress relief as well as a way to stay in shape.

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  30. Wow! This is such an inspiring post! I've never been a runner, but this post makes me want to start.

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  31. I love reading why people run! I have a lot of the same reasons. I love running because it's a good way to push yourself mentally and physically. Also, a beer rarely tastes as good as it does when you finish a long race haha.

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  32. I run so I can fit into my pants. Honestly, I hate it, but I'm too cheap to buy new clothes.

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  33. Gah, I wish I liked running as much as you do :P But it takes me a long time to get into a running routine when I can actually run for like 30 minutes at a time. Most of all I'm just a lazy couch potato lol.

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  34. I am constantly impressed with your running! Swimming has the same effect for me, just de-stresses me amazingly. I wish I could get myself together and actually go more often :(

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  35. I LOVE THIS! Since I attempted to do the C25k running program, I found a new love for running. I haven't run in a while, but looking forward to getting back into it this week!

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  36. Love this post! I run/power walk for solely selfish reasons, too - it makes me feel better physically and mentally. For that hour, I can tune out everything else and focus just on myself. No better feeling, right?

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  37. I really wish I could run! My knees are like a 99 year olds! I did some training earlier last year and was starting to get somewhere and boom knees went out again. I'm glad you enjoy it!

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  38. This makes me wish I could still run!

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  39. I love this post. Great job! It (almost) makes me want to run! I dabble in and out of running but your reasons are all so valid that I need to get back into it . . . maybe when it's warmer?!? Ha! No treadmill or gym membership for me right now. I am seriously glad you love it!

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  40. I didn't start running until I had to when I joined the Guard 4.5 years ago, and it was so weird at first. While I don't enjoy lifting or lots of strength training, running always makes me feel like I've gotten a good workout. I also do it if I'm stressed out, because it gives me something else to do besides sit and worry.

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  41. You're so inspiring with fitness! I've been wanting to try to get more into running (or at least jogging), but it's been a slow start!

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  42. Love this post! I love-hate to run. I always get in such a great groove and then bam! a new baby always derails me. I'm hoping to be back at it once the weather warms up.

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  43. Walking is probably my favorite. Well that and hiking. But it's essentially the same - just different locations. I do it because I love it. And because I like the way it makes me feel. :)

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  44. I'll be honest, I don't run unless I'm being chased. I've never enjoyed it. But I have nothing against people who do. My 17 yoa son is an avid runner. He's on Track and Cross Country at school. He runs 7 miles almost every day and is happy when he does it. I admire that.

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