Monday, February 13, 2012

Love Running


Ten things I LOVE about running?

Ha. My response to this a year ago would have been, “Absolutely nothing.”   

There's a Valentine's Day challenge out there, extended by RunChat, to spread your love for running.  So, obviously, I accept.  I dared myself to run, but have I come to love it?  In some ways, my answer is still, "No, not really," but in other ways, I have certainly come to love the activity that I once loathed.  The hardest part is still getting out the door, but once I'm on the move, gliding along, lost in my music, wiping away my sweat... I could call myself happy.  I could say I enjoy it.  Could I call it love?  I'm getting there.  Even if I don't love running entirely, there are certainly aspects of it that I do love.



10 things that make running bearable...

Just kidding! Totally joking. For real:

10 things I love about running:

1.  You can do it anywhere:  Your neighborhood, a track, a treadmill.  You can take it on vacation with you.  Geography will never limit your freedom to run.

2.  Along with that: You don’t need any fancy tools, bells, or whistles.  Sure, I’d soon learn that this isn't entirely true.  There are all kinds of useful accessories out there to aid runners in their training, but at its core, running only requires your feet and an open road.

3. You compete against yourself.  Top your own personal bests.  Impress yourself.

4.  Music.  Tune out.  Be motivated.  Dance in your head.  Dance for real. 

5.  The health benefits.  Pretty self-explanatory. Click here to see why.

6.  The “I Ran a Race Today” mentality.  After my first 5k, I was walking on air the rest of the day.  "I did it!"  And thennn, it didn't matter what I did or didn't do the rest of the day, because "I ran a race today," and that was enough. 

7.  The variety: steady pace, negative splits, high-intensity intervals, lower-intensity intervals :) 

8.  The community.  Runners like other runners.  They like to spread the love.  Newbies are more than welcome.  In my experience, runners are always incredibly encouraging and supportive of new runners.  Someone who ran five marathons will still congratulate a first-time 5k-er.  There is so much to learn from beginners and professionals alike.

9.  The challenge!  Here at Dare You To, challenges are repeatedly extended and accepted.  The great thing about running is that the dare is never complete.  There's always a new dare, a new challenge, a new goal to strive for.  Set a goal to beat a previous 5k time, or to run continuously for one mile longer.  Beat the clock, beat the distance, beat your previous self.  Always moving forward!

10.  The moment you forget you’re running.  :)


Happy Valentine's Day, runners and non-runners everywhere.

23 comments:

  1. Love your list, and I agree with them all!

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    Megan @ ATC

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  2. I DO love that it's so simple! I don't have to worry about nine million things when I'm running!

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  3. Nothing like getting out there, just you and your thoughts and even those melt away at some point. I think my favorite thing is finishing and not remembering the details of large gaps in time.

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    1. Good description! Definitely like that feeling, where the time and miles just fly by

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  4. #10 is my favorite! My favorite runs are when you completely zone out, just run, enjoy your surroundings, and sometimes I'm even smiling! HA! Great post and Happy V-Day!

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  5. The moment you forget you're running...that's a good one!

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  6. I like that last one. Those runs are the best, when you're just flying without feeling it :) I did a list too! http://www.livebreathehuzzah.com/2012/02/14/in-love-with-running/

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  7. Love your 10 reasons! I can definitely agree with all of them!

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  8. Great list! I can definitely relate to all the reasons you listed!

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  9. I fell in love with running a few years ago but then for some reason out of the blue I started having these breathing attacks. I got tested for asthema but came back even BETTER than healthy. I had a ton of lung capacity, better than the average person.

    Running is all mental to me, as I'm sure it is to everyone else. But I got so hyped up and self-competitive, I couldn't get past a certain kilometer mark without freaking out. I had to quit, it was annoying me way too much. Maybe I'll start up again in the spring...

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  10. Thank you for this list! I agree with them all. I love number 6. There's nothing better than than the feeling after a race.

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  11. I am not a "runner" but I run. Me, I love weights better but I do cardio & yes run - I have for years & even competed in 5k's when I was younger. My feet are bad & I found my Hoka shoes that let me run & workout again.. I almost had to give up everything before I found these shoes. Funny thing, I missed running even though I complained about it before my feet went bad. I was so glad to get back to it! :-)

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  12. In agreement. Running sets my heart free when it feels tied down, pushes me when I'm feeling tired, and always makes me feel accomplished. Great list! :D Happy Running!

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    1. Well said! It's wonderful what running does for us not only physically, but emotionally, too!

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  13. Great list...I didn't "love" it at first either, but did it for the good exercise I knew it was. Somewhere along the way, I began to love it. Maybe it was because like you, I love to say, "I RAN A RACE TODAY!!"

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  14. Love the list! I have always been in love with running so it is fun to see it from someone who has not. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Fantastic list! #2 is one of the reasons I love it most--but isn't it amazing how many things you can spend $$ on! And, #8 you can't beat!

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    1. Hah yesss when I started I thought, 'easy peasy. just me and my shoes', but then I learned how many useful products can make running better/safer/less painful/more fun :)

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  16. I love every single one of those reasons. EVERY ONE! Running has changed my life! #1 is huge especially as a busy mom and #8 is one thing that makes me smile every day! :)

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    1. Yess the community is the one thing I really wasn't expecting to find or feel a part of. THank you for being a part of that amazing group of people!

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  17. Great list! Number 10 made me laugh. ;o)

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