During my AWESOME 12 mile run today (recap to come later today, or later this week....) I was thinking about all of the reasons I run. With a little assistance, I came up with this list. Any more to add?
Reason #12 - I run, because the only feeling better than the one you get DURING a run ("runners high") is the feeling when you're done. And stretching. And about to shower it all off.
Reason #11 - I run, because I get to listen to guilt-free and judgment-free music. Thank you, Pitbull, David Guetta, and Jennifer Lopez.
Reason #10 - I run, because as my sister Amie once said, "spandex is a privledge, not a right." And I enjoy wearing spandex. (I believe leggings qualify here, and leggings are super comfortable - and semi-work appropriate, especially where I currently work - yesssss!)
Reason # 9 - I run, because there's an unexplainable and powerful feeling you get when running across a highway overpass. Watching the cars and trucks speed by is such a unique feeling.
Reason #8 - I run, because I like wearing shorts. Not "short shorts", but I like a good pair of shorts in the summer, and running makes everyone's legs look better.
Reason #7 - I run, because I enjoy the looks I get from people driving by. I love the looks I get from people sitting in McDonalds as I run by them, even more.
Reason # 6 - I run, because it makes getting dressed in the morning a little less stressful. Running makes you think about, and feel, parts of your legs, shins, ankles, abs, arms, and hops that you don't really think about a lot.
Reason #5 - I run, so I don't feel TOO guilty polishing off the pint of Junior Mint Turkey Hill ice cream. That may or may not be happening as I type this....
Reason #4 - I run, because I LOVE the salt residue above your eyebrows after a long run.
Reason #3 - I run, because as a competitive college athlete, I need a goal or race on the calendar to train for. Even if I'm competing against myself or a previous PR, I need that fire.
Reason #2 - I run, because he (below) is learning how to. And I need to keep up. Or try to. For now.
Reason #1 - I run, because it makes me a more patient person, teacher and most importantly, a more patient Mum.
*Side note - I have been a terrible blogger - it's been pretty hard to keep up with everything. I was sick for 2 weeks (pink eye and strep) and missed two long runs. With work, and trying to find a full-time job for next year, blogging has taken a back seat. SORRY! I'm on break this week and will likely try to play catch-up!*