Thursday, January 26, 2012

Reasons Why I Run

I read an article today by a lady who proposed 10 reasons that running is not so bad. They ranged from everything from being able to stare at hot guys running in little clothing to the freedom to be sweaty and totally un-lady-like without shame. I started running in 2006 and I have to say I’m still not assuredly convinced that “running is not so bad.” To tell the truth, after all this time, most days I still dislike the first mile of any run. Can’t tell you why, just is what it is. I have just gotten to the point where I don’t give myself an option, no out, the decision has already been made to run, so I do it.

Owing to this particular article I started thinking about the reasons I run. I may not even make it to 10, but here goes…. I’m not even saying they are good reasons, but none-the-less, reasons just the same
  • As a girl who grew up overweight, it was something I never thought I'd be able to do
  • When I told my mom I was going to run my first half-marathon her exact words were "It just seems silly, I don't understand WHY you would want to do that?!" Believe it or not, this mostly straight-laced girl has a rebellious streak and there's nothing I enjoy more than making people choke down a little crow.  Sorry, Mom, Love ya! :)
  • Because at the end of every run, whether it was good or bad, I've never regretted doing it
  • The overachieving high school kid in me still has a sad need to collect medals
  • It‘s relatively cheap, I can run anywhere I want for the most part, no gym fees and always a good change of scenery
  • Because for however many miles I run, I’m alone with my thoughts. I can think, pray, cuss, cry, reason with myself or whatever I need to do without anyone bothering me or asking me what’s wrong. Just for the record, I think there’s been a couple of runs when I’ve done all the above.
  • It’s a great excuse for buying clothes and shoes – oh wait, scratch that, I never needed a reason for shoe shopping
  • Because I always feel better after a run
  • It's simple, just move!
  • I love that I burn roughly 100 calories for every 10 minutes I run!
I really love to travel and one of the things I'd love to do is traipse all over the globe and run a half in all different parts of the world.  And just because you have nothing better to do (HAHA!) here's my top contenders for that dream.

1) DisneyWorld Half -Marathon
2) The Rock n' Roll Marathon Series - Madrid, Spain sounds good for that one or San Diego, CA
3) Chicago Marathon
4) The Flying Pirate Half - Outer Banks, NC
5) The Air Force Marathon - Dayton, OH
6) The Maui Marathon - FOR SURE SIGN ME UP TO RUN IN PARADISE!!!!!
7) The San Francisco Marathon

1 comment:

Earle-girl said...

Do the San Diego Rock-n-Roll one!! I WANT to tell you to do the Disneyland one, but I hated it. Crowded, hot, and narrow. But also sort of awesome to do your run through this surreal place with people like Donald Duck clapping for you.