I think that one of the world's best kept secrets is that, after the initial "this sucks" phase (which varies in length, but is without exception eventually overcome by consistency), running makes pretty much everyone happy. Right? But what exactly is it about running that makes us go back for more? Here's why running makes me tick:
I don't know about you, but I sometimes need a bit (okay, a whole lot) of cheering up... And endorphins never fail. I dare you to start off a run as the grumpy Grinch and not feel better afterwards - trust me, it's impossible.
Runners make me love running even more. Somehow we all just get each other - you know what I'm saying? In a culturally diverse country like South Africa, I haven't seen many things as effective as running in truly uniting people from all cultures and walks of life - I love it.
3. Gadgets and gear
Oh, the temptation. And don't think that it's only the expensive, shiny stuff that makes us smile - no. Even a humble pair of running socks has the power to turn a grown runner into a grinning goofball. Man, gear and gadgets make us happy.
I may not be the fastest or sleekest runner, but running makes me strong and healthy, and it allows me to keep up with my kids. And having fun with my kids makes me pretty darn happy. So thanks, running.