1. Running allows me to spend a small fortune on all running-related items
I’m not the shopping kind of girl, I actually try to avoid it and buy all my clothes at Target or any other store close to my supermarket. But I DO LOVE buying cute running outfits, bright-colored shoes or some little gadget like a Garmin!
2. Running helped me to build friendships
When I came to the US 7 years ago, I started from scratch and what I missed most was my friends. I was lucky to have a cool roommate and so glad she helped to settle in and introduced me to running. 7 years later all my friends are somehow related to running, either I met them trough running or through blogging. It’s so wonderful to have so supportive friends who share my passion for running!
3. Running shows me how beautiful the world is
I try to run most of the time outside and even after years of running I still find those little spots and realize how beautiful nature is. Running allows me to see it with a different eye and I just love being out there! I love running on trails, along the beach, along a river or lake or just enjoying a nice sunrise/sunrise!
4. Running helps me to feel good about myself
Running and racing is great! I love to see how I improved over the years and this is such a motivation boost! I was never really proud of myself and running really changed that. Reaching a goal I once set is wonderful and makes me realize I am so much stronger than I thought I would be.
5. Running keeps me sane
This is the most important one! Lately I feel very tired, exhausted and down and some days I just can’t get myself motivated to do anything, not even running. Today was one of those days. How can it be that I don’t want to do something I obviously love so much? I know it makes me feel better…and I still don’t won’t to run.
My BF kicked my butt and I finally got out there for 5 sweaty WONDERFUL miles and I again realized how much I need running. The bad headache I had for days is almost gone, I am a little more motivated and definitively in a better mood. My BF was so right! I just need to remember: the worse I feel, the more important it is to run! It will make me happy but also the people around me!
Why do you run?