On the heels of National Running Day this week, Mar, Courtney, and I decided to tip our hat to the running-related holiday for our Friday Five theme. I posted a quickie on the actual holiday with some great National Running Day discounts that I wanted to share, and last year I declared Five Things You Should Do On National Running Day. So… what should I say when talking about National Running Day today? Let me make it simple for you: Five Reasons To Run.
You all know my love of running runs [pun intended] deep, but what you may or may not know is that I wasn’t always in love with running. I remember high school and college softball practices where we were mandated to “run the field” and I pretty much hated every step.
Oh, and please don’t let “college softball” fool you – I mostly played the bench as a very second-string catcher who was only used in an emergency. I was mostly focused on music and excelling as a flutist, but I loved being on the team! I loved the camaraderie, the hard work involved in the practices and drills, and bonding as a team. I think that’s one reason I started to be drawn to triathlon – there’s a community there.
But that community exists in running too – it just took me longer to find! So I’m thankful for YOU, my virtual running community – for always keeping me motivated and fired up about running.
So why run? Here are Five Reasons to Run:
1. For health and wellness. I’ve found health and wellness – and not just physical health and wellness, it’s mental too. I feel like a more whole person when I am running consistently.
2. To work towards a goal. Notice I don’t say to achieve a goal – because this reason to run doesn’t lie in the outcome of that work. It is the process that is the reason. The commitment, the chipping away at the barrier with every step, every mile.
3. To lose or maintain weight. Yes, I’ve lost weight through running. But it’s also gratifying to keep up with it – the weight loss doesn’t end when you hit that magic number, as I ruminated on recently.
4. For inspiration. I have great ideas when I’m out on a long run. Unfortunately, I’m not that great at remembering those ideas. But inspiration strikes when I’m out running – whether it be something I want to write about, or a problem I need to solve, or a great idea that my kids will love. Running can clear your head and make space for inspiration.
5. It’s accessible. Running is something that I can do right out my front door. It’s something that doesn’t take a lot of equipment, other than good shoes – and dare I say a decent sports bra for the ladies. It’s something that anyone, barring injury or physical limitation, can do without special training or stuff.
I hope you got out for a run on National Running Day!