February 9, 2013

On Running

When an email from the #RunChat team popped up in my inbox the other day with a chance to win some sweet prizes by simply writing a blog post about why you love running, I jumped at the change. While I consider my entire blog to be a profession to my love about running, why not take a chance to do one of my favorite things - make a list about it.
So, here it is - the things I love about running (in no particular order).

1. A sense of accomplishment. Whether it's nailing a tempo run, PRing in a race, executing a race to near perfection, finding the time to run on a day you didn't think you would, running offers so many opportunities to feel accomplished.
2. The camaraderie. I've met some of my absolute favorite people through running and I've become a better runner because of all of them. We've all been through this before and most of us never had runner friends when we decided to do this and that, in itself brings us all closer together.

I get bonus points for posting a pic of me with the #runchat guys right? RIGHT?!
3. Time to Think Things Through. A bad day at work. A fight with someone you care about. Writer's block. Whatever it is - running unplugged gives me a chance to forget about everything, settle into a nice comfortable pace and just get lost in my thoughts. I would never have finished my Master's thesis if I wasn't training for a marathon while doing so.
4. Race Bling. Who doesn't love race bling? People who don't are weird to me. Like people who don't like chocolate.

5. The reaction on people's faces when I tell them "26.2 miles" after they ask how long a marathon is. Priceless.
6. Having a seemingly never ending appetite after a long run. And feeling no guilt whatsoever when asking for a second order of pancakes and ordering a 3rd mimosa at brunch.

7. The nervous excitement I get at every start line. I hope that it never, ever goes away.
8. New running gear. Clothes, shoes, accessories, tech-y stuff. Whatever it is, there's nothing like new running gear to get you to want to lace up no matter how sore you might be from your last run.

So there you have it, my love list of running.
What do you love about running? Make your own list and spread the love on #runchat here.
If you do make a list, leave a link in the comments, I'd love to read it!


  1. The neverending appetite is definitely a perk of running :) And I love it when people get shocked at distances, too! Of course I haven't done anything above a half-marathon yet, but that seems to freak people out as well.

  2. Great list! Running helped me to feel proud of myself!

  3. LOVE your list - and I love #5! That's how I felt the whole week leading up to the marathon... "Oh, how long's a marathon again?" Like, c'mon folks!

    Great list. :)

  4. I love the animation you shared for people's reactions to 26.2! I get that a lot, and even though I haven't run the distance yet, people still think I'm nuts. Sometimes I think it fuels my running even more to be so shocking!


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