I didn’t sleep well last night (i.e. hardly at all), so around 3 AM I changed my alarm from 5 AM to 7 AM, deciding to skip my run and get some extra sleep. When I woke up and saw the barrage of instagram and Twitter posts (and more PR emails) reminding me that it was National Running Day I felt like the kid who forgot to wear pajamas on Pajama Day. So, since I don’t have a lovely morning run to blog about (and it would have been lovely – it’s beautiful out this morning), I thought I would list 10 things I love about being a runner.
10. That it allows me to eat more. I’m very petite (5’1″) and put on weight very easily. I also love food. Running helps me enjoy more food more often.
9. The way it helps me think through problems.
8. The way it helps me think about nothing at all.
7. The way I feel after a REALLY GREAT run. And even better is the feeling after a REALLY GREAT run that you almost skipped.
6. Experiencing and appreciating mornings. I love morning time–hands down my favorite time of day. I used to be an evening runner and have transitioned to an AM runner since moving to Winston-Salem nearly 6 years ago, and I love running in the mornings, particularly outside. (Well, unless it’s freezing cold!) I love the quiet. I love the morning light. I love starting my day with fresh air. I love the peace that mornings bring, and I wouldn’t experience that nearly as much if it weren’t for running.
5. Pushing my body past its limits and learning what it’s capable of. I never ever thought I’d run a half marathon below 1:55, so I still get giddy thinking about my current PR (1:34). I never thought my body could move to the tune of a 6 minutes pace and I did track repeats yesterday in the low 5s. The body is an amazing thing and capable of so much.
4. Seeing other’s accomplishments. I love running races with friends and loved ones and even strangers and seeing their faces after a race. (Well, damn, I didn’t realize I loved it that much, but I’m getting teary picturing my mom finishing her first marathon and my besties beating goals at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler.) Whether you call yourself “fast” or “slow” or a “mid-packer” you got out there and pushed yourself. And there is something so awesome about that.
3. All the friends and acquaintances I’ve made through running. Seriously, nearly all of my friends in Winston-Salem have been made through running. And it’s an instant bonder, “Oh you’re a runner? Me too!”
2. The friendships that have grown closer as a result of running together. Some of my very best friendships were formed over runs. There’s something hard to describe about running friendships…but for me, I become a bit more vulnerable and open and talk about things I normally wouldn’t talk about. Also, I can be awkward at making conversation but you get me on a run and I’ll chat it up.
1. The fact that I’m still a runner even on days I don’t run.
What do you love about being a runner?