Friday, 29 January 2016

My five favourite reasons to run

The start of a running journey is rarely (if ever?) a case of love at first sight - a love for running is something you have to work for.  Those first few plods around the block are almost without exception painfully frustrating, but stick it out long enough and you'll soon discover what the fuss is about.  Heck, you'll even be able to come up with a whole list of excuses to run.  Here's mine:       

1.  Endorphins

Aren't endorphins awesome?!  They can literally take you from arghhh to ahhh in 5 km flat.  This is, without a doubt, my No. 1 reason to run.

2.  Other Runners

How awesome to have a group of beings that accept and understand the joy you get from running around in unflattering lycra at the crack of dawn on a freezing winter's morning...  No hoo-ha, no eye-rolls and no lame jokes - just that knowing smile.  Spending time with them is awesome!  


They just get it!  [Photo by Kimberley Harriers.]
  
3.  Stress Release

Stressful day at the office?  Run it off.  The saying "I run, because punching people is frowned upon" describes me to a T - running is often my silent scream of frustration.
   
4.  Running takes you places

I'll never get tired of running's ability to take you places.  Want to take your travelling memories to a whole new level?  Do it on the run.   


Seaside runs for the win!  [Photo by Johannes Bisschof.]

5.  Running Gear

Just like the proverbial chicken and egg, I'm not too sure which one comes first: A love for running or a love for running gear...  But I can promise you one thing: Within five minutes of blissfully wandering through a running store's isles (any running store's isles!), I never fail to identify at least five grand's worth of running gear that I absolutely adore.  It's frightening.  


Thanks to the ladies from Eat Pray Run DC, You Signed up for What? and Mar on the Run for the opportunity to share my five favourite reasons to lace up as part of their Friday Five link-up!

Have a terrific weekend, everyone!


21 comments:

  1. I havent gone for a run in a while and I miss it. The endorphin's are an awesome reason!

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  2. Yes to all of these! Especially gear and travel. I may be obsessed with those two!

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  3. Love this and agree to all! And especially #4! :)

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  4. Other runners are definitely one of my favorite reasons to race! :) It's so fun seeing everybody out there with the same goal of using your body to do something you love.

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    1. I love how we all just "get" each other, Emily - one of my favourite groups of people for sure!

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  5. I have to say I love the places running has taken me!

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    1. Oh, same here - some of my favourite memories!

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  6. I love how when doing any kind of workout (especially cardio-based workouts), even if I feel completely stressed out and unhappy ahead of time, the workout can change my mood completely!

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    1. Isn't it completely mind-boggling and amazing, Lisa? I think I'm a bit of a junkie, haha!

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  7. Oh yes, running gear! Total motivation :)

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  8. I love running gear too, especially the clothes, but the places it takes me is probably my favorite on your list.

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    1. I find it so hard to choose, but for me endorphins are definitely No. 1, with running travels a very close second :) .

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  9. Great post and I completely agree. I've met so many friends from running. Endorphins definitely bring me to where I want to be as well.

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    1. Thanks, Hollie!

      Same here - running has given me some pretty amazing friends!

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  10. Agree with all of the above, yes!! And running is such a healthy way to take me-time... everyone wins in the end ;) xxx

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    1. Not sure how on earth I left that one off the list... Quality, healthy, positive me-time - absolutely! xxxx

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  11. Agree with all of the above, yes!! And running is such a healthy way to take me-time... everyone wins in the end ;) xxx

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