It's pretty obvious that non-runners think us runners are totally one sandwich short of a picnic when they get wind of our weekly mileage. Especially when we are in training mode. I think it's only fair that I attempt to explain the madness.
If you aren't a runner, it's hard to wrap your mind around the whole crazy concept. But if you are, you know exactly where this is going.
1. Stress relief. This is a given. There is just no better release than the one you get after accomplishing a nice sweaty run. Long or short. The stress is lifted.
2. Anxiety relief. It's no secret that I'm a certifiable anxious nut job when it comes to lists and getting crap done. Ask anyone. It may not get done, but my lists keep me awake at night. This is my chance to pound the pavement and to drown out my responsibilities and to totally forget about my to do list and mound of laundry.
3. It's amazingly social! I run with the most amazing group of women every week. We are moms, wives, employees, daughters, caregivers, the list is endless, really. We are real women with real bodies and we all come together to do this one thing that clears our mind, makes us feel strong, and makes us yearn for more. The bonding experience is amazing, really.
|My girls, plus B- Lo!|
4. Runners get each other. We talk about how many layers to wear for what temps, we talk about the fear of having to poop, we talk about chafing, we give that runner who is struggling our last gel, we wave at strangers who are running in sub zero temps. We just get each other.
5. There is no better feeling in the world than crossing the finish line. I tear up every single time and it ranks right up there with the feeling of giving birth or my wedding day. And I'm not alone.
6. You swear you will never run again and are certain that mile 22 is hell but by mid afternoon you will be saying "I can't wait to do that again." You'll be googling upcoming races by noon the next day. You'll be signed up for something else within 7 days. Promise.
7. It sets an amazing example for our kiddos. They need to see us being active. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I cherish this picture of my 6 year old crossing the finish line of a half marathon with me this summer. Not to mention, it's a family affair!
8. I get to buy cute running gear. Seriously, when you put this kind of mileage on shoes, they have to be replaced every few months. And you pretty much always need a new race outfit. It's pretty much required.
9. It makes me feel thankful. For everything. I think of my hospice patients who are dying and I can't help but to feel gratitude that I can run and be out in the elements, no matter what they may be. It's humbling and gratifying, all at the same time.
10. There is no better sense of reward than setting a goal, pushing your body to the max, and trusting yourself in achieving it. Promise.
|More of my running besties. Runnermommy is on the left!|
It can seem so intimidating at first but I promise you, anyone can run! Stay tuned for a post on HOW to get started!