I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. Come join me. #nablopomo2021
Can you believe that it’s Thanksgiving this week? The holiday season is upon us and it’s a good time to reflect on the things that I am thankful for in my life. Let’s talk about running (and exercising in general) today because it’s been such an important part of my daily life – especially through this pandemic.
Running keeps me sane.
I am probably not the only person who will say this, but getting out for a run to clear my head has been keeping me sane this year. When there were not many places to go and not many things to do, I’ve always been thankful that I felt safe to lace up my shoes and go for an outdoor run.
Running gives me a purpose.
As most people, I am a creature of habit and running has given me a structure and purpose that I can rely on. I function much better when I have a schedule that I can stick to and I feel accomplished when I can check another run or workout of my list. I will admit, I still thrive on collecting my little gold stars.
Running provides community.
Even though I usually run alone, I’ve really come to love the running community that I’ve found online through Instagram and blogs. It’s fabulous to connect with like-minded people who enjoy talking about training strategies, commiserate about “bad days”, and lift you up through motivation and encouragement. You guys inspire me every day and I can’t thank you enough!
Running lets me explore.
Running gives me the opportunity to get out and explore my town. I pay so much more attention to my surroundings when I am out for a run (mostly because it distracts me from the – sometimes – hard part of running, ha!) and I just love getting to know my own town this way.
Running makes me feel confident and capable.
Running makes me believe in myself and my own abilities. It boosts my confidence and humbles me at the same time. It always provides me with new goals to work towards and lets me experience the triumph of reaching new milestones. I trained and ran two virtual races this year, I even managed another PR.
Why are you thankful for running?