I’ve been running regularly for a couple of years now so I thought I’d write a post about the reasons I’ve chosen to and continuously go running. It started way back in Sweden, when I signed up for a 9k run. I was hooked after that but the beer and English culture slowed it down. A couple of years ago, I signed up for a 10k run through work and since then I’ve been good with keeping it up.
Because it’s healthy
Yep, running is healthy. It’s what keeps me fit these days, together with long walks. Running for me is such a good way of keeping fit and healthy. I find it gets all my muscles in motion and it’s a great way of working up a good sweat.
Because it’s cheap
No more gym fees! All I have to worry about is buying suitable trainers and nice running clothes:. I would still buy this if I went to the gym but without the gym membership, the cost is a lot less. It’s so nice not having to feel guilty for maybe taking a break a week or two as I’m not paying any fees anyway and don’t have to look at money going to waste. All of a sudden, a pair of trainers don’t seem that expensive any more.
Because it’s my freedom
I can go running whenever I want. I don’t have to worry about anyone else and stick to a time table at the gym. Yes, I could go running on treadmills but this way, I don’t have to worry about them being occupied by someone else, or that someone next to me will be a much better/faster runner. Besides, running outside is a lot nicer with all the fresh air.
Because it clears my mind
Running gives me time to process all good and horrible thoughts that pass through my mind. Letting go of some steam is always a good way of clearing my mind. All the walking I do also helps with this but some how I prefer running. I use my frustration for various things to give me energy to push myself to run better and faster. It sort of work both ways which is great.
Because it saves me time
My running sessions are mostly home from work. Where I currently live, walking and running is the best option to get to and from work. I sometimes get the bus for convenient reasons but it takes me the same time as walking. I run faster than I walk so on the days I do run, I’m home within half an hour. Sometimes I say at the end of the working day that I can’t be bothered running but the fact I’ll be home quicker that way than any other, makes me do it.
Because of the adrenaline kick it gives
As much as I sometimes hate the thought of going for a run, I know how much I appreciate it when it’s over. I absolutely love coming home, knowing I’ve run a 3 mile run after a long day at work. The rush of adrenaline pumping in my blood afterwards is very rewarding. I feel energised!
Improving results and the thought of doing even better each time excites me. I am up for the challenge of bettering myself and only having to beat my own results, no one else’s.
Because I get to wear eye catching clothes
As you know, I’m not very colourful when it comes to clothes. I don’t like to stand out, black will always be the new black and keeping colours to a minimum is just part of my Scandinavian heritage.
When I go running, on the other hand, I can get away with wearing clothes that are a bit more daring. Just look at these running tights for example, they’re very colourful and extremely cool with the skull pattern. I love them but I would never think of wearing them in public on a day to day basis.
When I sat down to write this, I came up with a lot more reasons than I originally thought. It’s nice to see that running has become such a big part of my life!
What’s your go to form of exercise? Why do you like it and what makes you do it?