I fell in love with running in 2014 after my very first 5K. Perhaps it was because I was experiencing this with my family, or perhaps I fell in love with the warm sun kissing my face every stride of the way.
Whatever the reason(s) are, I feel so passionately about this freeing exercise that I want to share these good feelings with you.
1. It Gets Me Moving
When I first began recreational running, I’ll let you know that I was not fast… I was a slug. Actually, a slug may have been faster than me. Huffing and puffing was not my idea of a rewarding workout. Nevertheless, it got me off my ass.
2. It Pushes Me to do Better
During the beginning of my running adventure, I celebrated the completion of running one single mile, “Oh, look at me, I ran 1 mile today.” There’s nothing wrong with running one mile; it’s one more mile than I was used to running in the past, but I suddenly found myself wanting more.
After speaking to some of my runner friends, I found that they were easily running five miles a day! The competitor in me thought, “Ok. Time to step it up. I can run five miles too.”
With that mentality, I made the decision to become a better runner. One mile was once an accomplishment, and for that I’m proud, but I wanted to be able to run further. Even now, I find that I am constantly working towards running further, faster, and better.
3. It’s a Community
As with any hobby, you find like-minded people who share the same interests as you. When you run the same trail religiously, you’re going to run into a few familiar faces! Why not make friends with them?
4. It Clears My Head
When my thoughts are spiraling, and I’m unable to articulate, I force myself to put on those running shoes. It’s far too easy to let my thoughts get the best of me, but by “running away” for a little bit, I’m able to quiet my screaming mind.
5. It’s Free
Ah, yes. My second favorite F word 😉 It costs absolutely nothing to go out and run. Unless you run at the gym, in which case, you’re paying for the membership. Even still, what’s it cost? A dollar a run? Still a damn good deal, if you ask me.
6. The View
I do my best to run outside as often as possible. It’s a great big world we live in, after all, and I’m excited to explore as much of it as possible.
I loved running in California… Running alongside the ocean while the sun set is my definition of bliss. As an added bonus, I was also graced with a beautiful tan.
The view in the Pacific Northwest is a wonderful sight. With large trees and lush green forests, nature is overflowing out here. I’ve learned to take different routes on each run, as it allows me to see more of this wonderful place that I live in.
This is a given. Exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. Everyone wants to be happy! Running improves my mental well-being, as well as my overall physical health. Sounds like a win-win to me!
8. Health Benefits
There are many, many reasons why running is so great for your health. Running increases lung capacity, joint strength, and strengthens your immune system. Among other things, running is one of the healthiest exercises out there.
9. Runner’s High
Do I need to say more? If you haven’t experienced it, I’m telling you right now that you need to get out there and try your damnedest to achieve it. Runner’s High is absolutely euphoric.
10. I Feel Like a Badass
Running gives me a sense of empowerment. It makes me feel like even if everything around me is falling apart, I have this one thing that I can always turn to that will leave me feeling better than when I started.
As you can see, there are so many reasons to love running. It also doesn’t hurt that Achievement pays me to get out there and run around.
What are some of the reasons why you run? I’d love to know! Comment below!