I am jumping on the bandwagon again this week and join the Tuesdays on the Run link-up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty. And since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I am sharing six things I love most about running this week.
Running is “me-time”.
I don’t know about you, but as an introvert, I need a lot of ‘me-time’. To recharge, relax, recuperate. While I obviously love running for many other reasons, I also love running for the time that I can spend with myself. In this sense, it’s more the mental than the physical part, and I just love my long runs on the weekends as my me-time.
Running burns calories.
There, I said it. I run because I love to eat (and don’t tell me that you haven’t tallied up what else you could eat because of the ‘extra calories’ that you burned because you ran that day! I thought so!).
Running releases stress.
It’s true. When I am stressed out, I run. I mean, I also run when I am not stressed out and it helps to keep me balanced, but when I am seriously stressed out, I know that a good, long run will make everything look only half as dire. I am sure many of you feel the same.
Running can be taken on the road.
I absolutely love that running is an exercise that you can do anytime, anywhere, just by yourself. I used to play team sports growing up, which meant I always ‘needed’ other people to do my sport. With running, all you need is to bring a pair of running shoes and running clothes and you’re good to go. Of course, it’s nice to go for a run with other people, too, but they’re not required (and often for me not even wanted. I like my alone-time when I run.)
Running helps you to easily get in those daily steps.
You know, I do like walks, but on days, when I only take 30-minute lunch breaks and sit on my butt for most of the day (I work long days), I have a hard time getting in those recommended 10,000 steps. But, if I run in the morning, I am already well over my step goal when I start my day and that frankly feels awesome and I don’t have to worry about it the rest of the day (even though my Garmin will still nag me when I have sat too still for too long and nudge me to move, even if I already put in my work for the day. Ha! The irony!).
I know some people might secretly shake their heads about people that document their fitness journey on IG or other social media, but the fitness – and especially the running community – feels very supportive and I can only speak for myself, but I find it hugely inspiring to follow other people who share their journeys and daily struggles and accomplishments, regardless of their fitness level. Everybody who’s getting out there is a hero in my book.
What do YOU love about running?