Sometimes I get so busy and caught up in other things that I forget how good a good run can be. Since I started my job with Team Challenge, I’ve spent a ton of time around running, but not so much time actually running.
Last night, that changed. I met up with a group of my participants for their scheduled 4-mile training run. It was hard, because I’ve been running about once a week lately. It was also absolutely wonderful.
The thing I love about running is that it always welcomes me back with open arms. Sure, the first few runs back after a long hiatus are a little slower. They might hurt a little more, too. But somewhere in there, I always find a moment that reminds me why I love lacing up my shoes and hitting the pavement.
I love running because it clears my mind. Sometimes, several miles can go by without me even noticing. It’s rare, but my mind occasionally goes completely blank and I just lose myself in the run. There is no better feeling than this.
I love running because it gives me time to think. Quite the opposite of my last reason, I know. But there are runs during which I feel like I’ve solved all the world’s problems — or at least the problems of everyone in my life. A good run helps me sort out all of the dilemmas I’m facing, gives me new perspective, or at least puts in in a better mood.
I love running because I love endorphins. I am absolutely in love with the “runner’s high.” It’s real. And it’s awesome.
I love running because I’ve met wonderful people through running. From my Team Challenge participants to old teammates from other running groups, to other people I’ve met along the way, some of my favorite people are those I’ve gotten to know while we run together. There’s nothing like a friend by your side to make the miles tick by.
I love running because when I take a break, it’s always there for me when I return.
Why do you love running? Or whatever it is you love?
2014 Race Schedule2.2.14 Miami Half Marathon
4.12.14 Foodie 5k to benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank
8.31.14: Chicago Women's Half Marathon
10.4.14 & 10.5.14: Twin Cities Ultra Looney Challenge
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