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 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?