Zooma recently posted this video about why people run. Now that I'm not specifically training for anything (for a few more weeks at least!) it really got me thinking. Here are a few of the reasons why I run (drum roll please):
- It keeps me sane. After a crazy day at work it feels so good to work up a good sweat. I ALWAYS feel better after a run, even the crappy ones.
- Running clothes are so comfortable. Oh my gosh. Does it get any better than running clothes? My favorite pants ever (other than my high school cross country sweats) are these Champion pants from Target. I wear mine way too often. I'm also a big fan of race tees.
- Cookies taste better after a good run. I made these pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies after my run yesterday and they were divine.
- I love Race Day and race expos. Yes, I get ridiculously nervous before most races, but I think a bigger part of my race day jitters comes from being so freaking excited to run with a bunch of other people who also love to run. Expos are fun because they have a ton of stuff that really intense runners probably use on a daily basis, but I feel pretty cool buying. For example, when I was traveling for the Disney race, I couldn't fit my foam roller (ah!) in my luggage, so I purchased this bad boy at the expo:
Not the torture device that the foam roller is, but great for traveling.
- It's a fun way to challenge myself. I'm really competitive, but when it comes to running, I'm mostly competitive with myself. I know I'm not an elite runner and that's ok. I love trying to beat my personal best and get a ridiculous runner's high after particularly good runs. Remember the Crawlin' Crab Half Marathon? I still smile thinking about that race because it was so much fun. Challenging? Yes. Amazing? Definitely. I rode that runner's high for a good 3 weeks afterward. Ok maybe not that long, but you get the point.
- It's a good way to give back. I love that so many races benefit good causes. My birthday party race this weekend benefits injured firemen. While I donate to a few organizations, some I wouldn't have even heard of had it not been for races. It's nice to be able to have fun while helping others out, too.
Honestly, I could keep going on about the reasons why I run. When it all comes down to it, I just love doing it. If you want to share your reasons, check out the Zooma site and you may even win a prize ;-)