As someone who enjoys running long distances, I often get questions from friends and family about why I like running so much.
Why do you like running?
How can you run for so long?
Don’t you get bored?
My short answer is always something like: “I dunno. I just do. It relaxes me,” which I’m sure makes people think I’m even crazier! Ha! I often elaborate about why I love it so much, but my response is usually all over the place depending on how I feel about running at that very moment. (Like a lot of runners, I go through phases of “love” for the sport, but it’s always something that I come back to for a variety of reasons.) So, I started to think about why I love running so much (and maybe you can relate) and, in honor of Global Running Day today, I thought it would be the perfect time to share.
It makes me feel healthy.
Ok, ok, I know this sounds totally cliche, but there have been so many times in my life when I haven’t been healthy enough to run (i.e. colitis flares, injuries), so, now when I run, it signifies that I AM healthy, which, is a big deal! I’m physically able to put one foot in front of the other and, even if I don’t have the best run, I’m still grateful for my level of health.
It makes me feel grateful.
When my ability to run was taken away from me, it made me appreciate it so much more. Now, I never take a run for granted. In fact, as cheesy as it may sound, at the start of every run, I take a minute to thank my lucky stars (and modern medicine) for my health. Because of my challenging journey with an autoimmune disease, running means something totally different to me now. I still remember coming back from rough flares and feeling those first several steps of my run. Every single one felt like a blessing, and I have never forgotten that feeling since.
It’s helped me accomplish things that I didn’t think were possible.
When I talk about running, I often tell people that training for the 2015 Boston Marathon in the worst winter the Northeast has ever seen (hey, 8+ feet of snow) made me a stronger person in so many aspects of my life. I truly believe that experience changed me. I mean, if I could run for 3+ hours in 15 degree weather with snowbanks as tall as me on the side of the road or, hell, stay on a treadmill for 2 hours straight, I could do anything! And, of course, there is no greater sense of satisfaction than setting a personal goal and conquering it, which obviously carries over into my daily life, too.
It’s my time to truly disconnect.
Because of the nature of my jobs, I’m almost always “connected” in one way or another. If I’m not sitting behind my computer, I’m updating my social accounts or chatting with clients on WhatsApp. When I run, I make it a point to totally disconnect from the world. I might listen to music or a podcast, but I don’t check my email or social media. It’s 100% my time to unwind.
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P.S. Looking for a running workout to do today? Check out some of my favorite high-intensity running workouts!