“so maybe running gives her time off from all of that. Maybe, it gives her something she can’t get any place else. Look at her, god, I want to be her. She looks so free, doesn’t she? No ones judging her, no boss to worry about, no guys to worry about, no games to figure her way through… she’s running, it’s early, it’s quiet. Just the sound of her feet on the asphalt. She likes to run alone, no pressure, no stress. This is the one place she can be herself. Look any way she wants, dress any want she wants, think any way she wants” – What Women Want
Almost a year ago, I decided to take up running. Before then, I had always hated it and never understood why anyone would choose to do such a thing. I would workout, but I would spend all my time cooped up at the gym on the elliptical. Thankfully I have a few friends who are runners and they convinced me to give it a try. Now I’m officially hooked. I hate being in the gym and I’m addicted to the open road. Here are my top 5 reasons for why I run. Hopefully some of you can relate or maybe you’ll be inspired to hit the pavement yourself.
1. A Little Bit of Me Time
I’m the kind of person who enjoys a bit of “me” time. Sure, I like being around other people, but I also require time to decompress. With running, I’m able to tune everyone else out for awhile. It’s a great way to relax yourself and it gives you time alone with your thoughts.
2. A Boost in Self Confidence
The great thing about running is that it’s all on you. Your success can completely be attributed to yourself and you can accomplish things on your own. When I began, I couldn’t run a mile without stopping to walk. Last fall I ran my first 5k and I cannot express how proud of myself I was. I had never considered myself a runner, but I put my mind to it and I put in the work. It’s a great way to boost your self confidence because you can truly own each and every accomplishment.
3. It’s an Exercise You Can Do Anywhere
I love that no matter where you go, you can always run. You don’t need fancy equipment, you don’t need a gym membership, you don’t even need a tv. Plus, I love that it’s a workout that changes depends on where you are. You can vary your route or you can go somewhere completely new. I’ve ran through cities, I’ve ran trails, I’ve ran in the desert. Each run is unique and interesting. Plus it’s a great way to explore a new place.
4. Those Lovely Endorphins
Endorphins are no joke. I promise you, there is such a thing as runners high. On days that I run, I feel more awake and I feel more energized. My body feels better too. I don’t feel sluggish, I feel like I’m ready to tackle the day.
5. It Makes Me Appreciate My Body
Our bodies are wondrous things. Like most women, I’ve had a love hate relationship with mine for as long as I can remember. When I run, I appreciate every inch of it. It gets stronger with every step, with every mile. Stronger with every cramp, with every hill. When you push yourself through the pain and you make it farther or faster than you ever have before, you get this profound sense of accomplishment and pride. It makes me appreciate the legs that carried me, the heart that kept pounding, the mind that didn’t give up and the lungs that propelled me along. I don’t worry about how it looks or compares to others, in that moment it’s just about the amazing things that my body can do. and it’s magic.
So for all my fellow runners out there, why do you run? What is it that gets you out on the road?