Today is Valentine’s Day, the day of love.
So, happy Valentine’s Day. But, this is a running blog.
So let’s combine the two and talk about why I love running.
Oh let me count the ways…
I love running because it helps you find and value friendships in a different way.
I’m not saying that you can’t do this without running, but I feel like among running friends — there’s a different bond. You understand each other in a different light. I have a saying with my BFF Kelly, that what happens on a run, stays on a run. There’s something about the open road in front of you, an open mind and miles to check off that fuel a friendship.
Prime example? What we saw of Shalane and Amy in yesterday’s Olympic Marathon Trials race.
I love that it helps you find your strength.
I feel like one of the best things that I learned from running is how strong of a person I am, physically and mentally. Sure, there are always areas where I can improve (can I please have Amy Cragg’s arms, btw?), but I feel like without running, I wouldn’t have the confidence in myself that I have today. It’s a confidence that extends beyond the miles that I run — I feel like it’s something that I have in other areas of life too. I am so thankful for this quiet strength.
I love that it’s such a welcoming community.
How does the quote go, something like — it doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far, you are a runner? (Cliff Notes version.) And, it’s the truth. If you run, you are a runner. Period. I love that, no matter your reasons or if it’s your first marathon or 50th, you have an instant connection with other runners. It’s a pretty incredible and amazing community. And, more people are always welcome to join. 🙂
I love running because it helps you change your life for the better.
Of course, there are TONS of physical benefits for running (and mental, too). I started running way back when I was going into high school to lose weight. I lost 25 pounds over a summer, which was quite amazing — and a confidence booster.
There are SO many stories out there — incredible stories — of how running saved people’s lives. And I completely believe it. It’s a sport unlike any other one; one that seems to be more therapeutic than physical. And because of that, it’s quite amazing.
I love that running is always there for you.
I mean this in two regards. If you have a bad day, you can grab your running shoes, instantly hit the road and start working through your frustrations, sadness or whatever emotions you may have. There have been so many times that I’ve been at my wit’s end about something, and running has cleared things up and made me feel so much better about everything. Seriously, the cheapest form of therapy you can find. 🙂
And, it will always be there for you. Life gets crazy, and sometimes, the running shoes get shelved. But when that happens, you can always come back to it. It’ll open its arms and welcome you back to the amazing community, catching you up on everything you missed in just a few miles.
What do you love about running?
Valentine’s Day… how do you celebrate it? Anyone celebrate “Gal”entine’s Day?
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