The wonderful and talented runner and blogger Hailey over at Striding Strong recently posted ten reasons why she is thankful for running. I LOVED it so much and it absolutely got me thinking about why I love running and am thankful for the ability to move.
- Currently, it is the #1 fighting tool I have against this pesky little eating disorder that tries and tries to incorporate itself into every part of my life and take control. When I run… it doesn’t exist. It is not there. I have run away from it and it will never catch me.
- Running bonds my family together. I am so lucky to come from a family of runners and amazing athletes. I have run 99.9% of races with my dad on the start line next to me. I wouldn’t trade those cold, early mornings for anything.
- It has taught me discipline and perseverance in my life that I apply to school, jobs, and life. You get out what you put in… I train hard, I put in the miles, I plan a race for months and months out, and I see it through to the finish. If that isn’t a great life lesson for setting long term goals and keeping your mind focused to finish it, then I don’t know what is.
- It can be done anytime, anywhere. I think most runners have those stories where they last minute squeezed in a quickie (lets keep this to running people…) Obviously there are “ideal” clothing to wear, but when it comes down to it, aside from shoes (which arguments exist even for those) you can take off in any attire. You don’t need a partner… you don’t need a team… you don’t need any equipment… just you.
- It is a club that, while may seem a little “private” or “cultish”, is one of the most open and welcoming group of people out there. I can say that in my 13 years of running, I have not met a mean runner (yes, some cocky ones out there…) But overall, runners love running, they love talking about running, and they love other runners. The more the merrier! Speed, distance… those do not matter- if you run, you are a runner. Fact. Welcome to the club!
- It constantly reminds me what my body is capable of. After my recent Half PR… I rode home, staring at my legs, and just thought “Thank you!” We all have had our expectations blown at one point or another when we accomplish a distance or time. It is such an amazing, powerful feeling.
- It is the greatest way to see a city. I never go on vacation or work trips without a pair of shoes I can run in. Never. All over the U.S, all over Europe, New Zealand, and almost every Caribbean Island you can think of…. I have discovered hidden side streets and off-the-beaten-path areas, thanks to running.
- The clothes are super duper comfortable and (in my opinion) cute!! I had to add this one since 98% of my wardrobe is running attire that I wear on an every day basis. Not to mention the shirts we get at races…
- Running keeps me sane. With grad school, career stress, and daily life, running absolutely represents FREEDOM. Good day, bad day…. heading out on a run is always something that just makes sense in my day.
- It makes me happy. Even the bad runs. Even the hard, sucky runs that I am miserable during. Because afterward, I can’t deny it… I am happier than when I started. Running brings me Joy.
Have a Great Thanksgiving!
***WHERE ARE THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY RUNNING SALES?!?!
If you are running in some races today, Have Funnnn!
What are you thankful for with running and life?
Thanksgiving Races!! Yay! What are you running?