10 Things I Love About Running

Happy Valentine’s day!

Did you see the challenge at #Runchat to talk about why you love running?Ā  Fits pretty well with the Valentine’s theme, I think.Ā  There’s still time to tweet, blog or pin what you love about running, if you’d like to join.

Here are ten (of my many) reasons:

  1. The power to turn a grumpy perspective into an upbeat one.
  2. The satisfaction from a hard run.
  3. The excitement of race goals- (Running Dreams matter!)
  4. The confidence from chasing and (sometimes) meeting those goals.
  5. The life lessons learned from not meeting those goals.
  6. The positive outlet for my competitive nature.
  7. The meditative rhythm of my breathing and my steps.
  8. The chance to zone out and think or pray.
  9. The endorphin rush from pushing my body in challenging ways.
  10. The community of runners, bloggers, tweeps and running groups.

I put out a call on the Mommy Run Fast Facebook page and got some great responses…

I also loved these two from my friends Jessica and Michelle:

I love running because it gives me something that nothing else ever has. I don’t know if it’s the endorphins, or the fact that it’s a metaphor for life. The way it’s distracted me from my trials, and given me the opportunity to help others through their own. The medals at the end of training for a race, and the extra meals I get to eat during training. It gives me clarity and something to look forward to. It’s “my thing”. When I do the same loads of laundry and clean up the same messes every day I can go hammer out a great run and still feel accomplished! I love that people know me as a runner. And I LOVE the running community.

It gives me an identity other than “mommy,” and it’s also my escape and my alone time. Couldn’t live without it.

Your turn! Why do you love running?

45 thoughts on “10 Things I Love About Running

  1. Oh running how I love thee…let me count the ways!! Great list! I would say all of the above…plus the way it makes me feel like I CAN do ANYTHING!!!

  2. Great post! I love reflecting on why I like to run because it reinforces why I do it. I recently did a post about why I run, similar to this. Obviously, I run because I love it. But sometimes it’s still a love/hate thing. I definitely agree with #7. Sometimes just feeling the rhythm is the best.
    Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections recently posted..Why I RunMy Profile

  3. Love this post! I have to agree with all 10 of your reasons, especially #10. Joining a running group last year was the best thing I ever did. Ive made friendships with people I would have never had without running! The community is awesome!
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  4. You got some great responses on your FB page. I was going to comment, but then I got busy and forgot. I always like to know why other people love running too. There are so many reasons why I love running. I think the number one reason I like is because it allows me to push myself, set goals and dream big. If I am having a rough day, running will usually turn it around for me.
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  5. Awesome post- there are so many reasons I have grown to love running. I love seeing all the different sights while running! You have a chance to just look around and take in the scenery- actually ran with a few deer the other day.

  6. Love! So many wonderful reasons to love it. And what I’m seeing is that it’s nothing at all to do with weight loss or exercise or anything like that. I think that some people who don’t run think that’s what it’s really about. But man, that’s like the very last last last thing on my list!
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  7. Fantastic post and many great reasons to love running! I love it for clarity, catharsis, alone time, and because I’m a goal-setter to name just a few reasons.
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  8. An amazing blog indeed! I love running and to make fitness perfect running is one of the important aspects I’ve added on my fitness schedule. It’s good to learn about those ten reasons you mentioned. Thanks a lot for an inspiring come up. šŸ™‚
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  9. Great list! I had a rough one yesterday so these are timely reminders of why I’ll keep getting back out there šŸ™‚

  10. Great post!! Love seeing how the same thing means so much to so many different people in so many different ways. Your list is spot on!!

  11. These lists are so much fun, I can relate to all of them. I love how creative your image is with everyones quotes, you always add something so special to everything you do… love that about you Laura! Happy Valentines day!
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  14. absolutely love this post. This is why I strive to push my running beyond my limits. I try to go faster, longer and push harder.

    Thanks and have a great weekend. And from your most recent post, I’ve always wanted to attempt a run in Austin but with the elevation, not sure I could do it very well šŸ™
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  15. I love your list Laura!! I can also relate to every single item. I can’t believe the things I’ve accomplished with my running in these past few months and I still get overly excited when thinking about them.
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