Running has been such a huge part of my life lately, and I’ve been thinking about why I enjoy the sport so much. What turned in to a list of why I enjoy running so much morphed in to a list of why you should try running as well.
1 // The Cost? Free!
One of my favorite parts about running is that all you need is a pair of tennis shoes and some comfy clothes. Running doesn’t cost a gym membership. Yes, you can invest in fancy running clothing, but for the most part, running is about getting outside and getting exercise. And for that…a t-shirt and soccer shorts will do.
2 // Running Buddies
There are so many running clubs and organizations you can join to find some running buddies. You can even recruit your friends to run with you!
3 // Get outside
My favorite part about running is that you can spend time outdoors while running. This is the perfect excuse to get some fresh air each day.
4 // You can surprise yourself
Persistence really can pay off with running. The more you run, the further you can travel on your runs, often allowing you to explore new places. To me, I’ve surprised myself by how far I can run having never really called myself a runner before, I’ve been surprised that I can run long distances. You may be the same way!
5 // Running Clothing
Like I said before, there are so many options of clothing to wear while running, and my favorite being that I can pull out an old t-shirt and shorts (anyone remember soffe shorts??) and just go! If you do end up looking for running clothing, I absolutely love this shirt. My mom and I have invested in multiple of these shirts which work great for running and for just hanging out in. I also love these new leggings from the J.Crew/New Balance collab, so comfortable and slimming.
6 // Discover new places
I love that you can run just about anywhere and because of this, you can find some pretty amazing places to run nearby. I think you’d be surprised by just how many good places there are to run!
7 // Get lost in good music or a podcast
While I run, I love to listen to something, whether that be a podcast or upbeat, inspirational music, I like having something to take my mind off of the day and focus on something else. This also helps on long runs when I try to keep running. The higher-paced music gives me a quicker tempo to run to!
8 // Excuse to stay in shape and get in your cardio!
Since running is cheap and easy, it’s also a really wonderful cardio workout. With cardio, you get to work your heart as well as burn a few calories. For me, this is something that makes running all the more rewarding and I feel good afterwards knowing I’ve done something good for my physical well-being.
9 // Interesting sites to see on the way
I would argue running has introduced me to many new and exciting places to see, many of which I never would have seen before while just driving. Like the Little Free Libraries on people’s lawns, or the sweet dogs down the street. You never know what running could introduce you to! You also may meet people on your runs!
10 // Community of Competition…or not….
Whether or not you’re a competitive person, running works in both directions. You can leisurely take your time on a run, soaking up being outside. Or you can run races and continue on a competitive vibe.
Running really has made a huge positive impact on my life over the past few years, and I am so grateful for this sport that I’ve been able to take on. It’s been a big mood-booster on days when I’m stressed so I can let go of some of the stress, and it’s challenged me to push myself in ways I never thought I could. Years ago, I would never have guessed I would be running a marathon. I didn’t consider myself to be a runner, nor did I ever think I would be. I’m grateful I tried to run, because in the end, it has been such a true blessing.
Whether you’re a runner or not, I would highly encourage running or any forms of exercise that help to boost your mood or help you to feel good. It’s not about how fast you run, but rather how much work you put forth for yourself.
Is running something you love to do? What sports keep you active?