Now that I’m back running, I’m so thankful that I’m able to do something that I love. I was thinking about how good I was feeling during my 30 minute run yesterday that I felt myself tearing up. And yes, you did read that right. I ran 30 minutes straight with no walk breaks. When coming back from an injury, I like to celebrate every single milestone. Next step? Back to back days of running. I’m ready!
10 Reasons I’m Thankful for Running
1. It makes my legs strong and muscular. I’ve always had muscular legs. In fact, in high school I would sometimes wear boys jeans because they fit better. I hated my legs then. But now, I purposely squat heavy weights and do ALL the glute and hip exercises to leave my legs strong and muscular. These legs can carry me up mountains and through many miles without complaining one bit. Except for the occasional injury, but we won’t think about that right now.
2. It gets me outside. The more time I’m outside being active, the more sane I am. I love to see the world around me on a run. Whether it’s a sunrise, the fall leaves, a trail that takes me over rocks, roots and rivers, the ocean, or cute little neighborhoods, it’s all better while seen on my run. Even when I’m freezing my ass off, I’m thankful to be able to get out there.
3. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride. To hear a non-runner exclaim, “You ran how many miles???” always makes me stand up a little taller. Yeah I did that. And I’ll probably run farther tomorrow. Every runner likes to feel a little bad ass.
4. It keeps me focused. When I don’t run, I’m distracted. I forget to pick up my kids from school. Or my To-Do list never gets shorter because I’m all over the place. With it, I can sort, plan and just think out any problem. I may not always have the solution, but at least I can quiet the other noise in my head and focus.
5. New shoes, clothes and gear. No explanation needed, right? Except who came up with the idea that running was a cheap sport?
6. It’s always there. I can run anywhere, anytime. It’s never closed. I don’t need a membership card.
7. It’s opened up new opportunities. Did I ever think that I would run the Honolulu Marathon? Or run the Boston Marathon with Team Stonyfield in 2015? Or do a photo shoot for Competitor Magazine? All far fetched dreams that became a reality. It’s also opened up new opportunities to take me out of my comfort zone. Ten years ago did I think I would run a marathon? Nope.
8. It makes me feel alive. The moment in a 5k when every muscle in your body is burning, pleading for you to stop. The moment when your lungs are screaming as you run up, what seems like, the 10,000 hill repeat. The moment when you are so drenched in sweat from a run that it looks like you went swimming. My body is functioning and healthy. I may look like death but that’s when I feel the most alive.
9. It’s taught me life lessons. Set goals, work hard, dedication, persistence, patience – you get what you put in. It’s that simple.
10. It’s brought new friends to my life. With each year that I’ve been a runner, I’ve been blessed to have found some really great running friends. Our runs have been a time to get together, chat nonstop, laugh and just sweat it out. There really is nothing better than bonding over a run.
I’m also thankful for each and every one of you! I can not thank you enough for being a part of my little section of the internet every week. I appreciate it!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
How has running changed your life?