50 Reasons I Love Running

I’m about to start a new marathon training season! Yay!

I’ve really enjoyed this off-season and have 100% fallen back in love with running, especially without pressure or purpose. That being said, I’ve always loved running a lot of junk miles and it’s going to be hard to tone it down, focusing more on quality than quantity.

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And so, here’s my little love letter to the sport, also known as 50 Reasons I Love Running:

 

  1. It’s the best way to appreciate where you are both geographically and physically
  2. You get to see your city in a whole new way
  3. Fresh air does you so much good
  4. You can run almost wherever you are
  5. It’s a great way to meet people
  6. Runners are an incredibly friendly bunch
  7. It can take your mind off what you’re stressing about
  8. Or allow you the time and space to process it
  9. It can be cheap if you want it to be
  10. It gives you an excuse to travel
  11. FREEDOM!
  12. Peanut butter
  13. Cake
  14. Pizza
  15. Frozen Yoghurt
  16. It’s an easy way to get from A to B
  17. It’s nice to be fit enough to run for a train if you have to
  18. There’s a satisfaction in seeing mini-muscles grow over time
  19. It gives me structure in life
  20. I get to listen to podcasts and great music
  21. I’m gradually getting leaner and fitter
  22. Running kit is so freakin’ comfortable
  23. Spending your life in lycra is pretty great and weekend makes you look like you have your shit together
  24. You know you can always run away from weirdos and murderers if need be
  25. Getting a proper deep sleep after a tough training session
  26. Having good enough fitness to do other things
  27. As a sport, running is just ridiculously convenient
  28. A good sweat never hurt anyone
  29. You can be as competitive as you want
  30. You get to go on random road trips for races
  31. Did I mention all the food?
  32. Being able to shut people down when they judge you for eating cake
  33. How good a 7up tastes after a long, hot run
  34. Warm coffee feels after a freezing cold run
  35. Winter becoming bearable when you get outside in it
  36. The ridiculously supportive community I’ve encountered, both online and in real life
  37. Shamelessly spending hours a week on Instagram fangirling over other runners
  38. And endless running blogs
  39. That really horrific breathlessness
  40. Surviving a shitty run, because it makes you better equiped to deal with the rest
  41. Having a goal to work towards
  42. But then again, so is the ability to run just because you can
  43. Being grateful for the body you have
  44. You don’t need a membership to be a runner
  45. You always make friends on race day
  46. Training hard means you get an excuse to treat yo’self
  47. Having cardiovascular fitness never goes out of style
  48. Trainers are so much more comfy than regular shoes
  49. Putting on fluffy slippers after a hard run
  50. Having a hot soak in the bath and then melting into the sofa after a long run.

Have I missed any?

 

Lots of love,

 

Pippa

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14 thoughts on “50 Reasons I Love Running

  1. The banter and social togetherness from seeing where friends have been running on apps like Strava.
    Being able to meet famous people such as Christy Turlington and end up being an ambassador for their charity – https://biggsytravels.com/2014/10/21/running-the-new-york-city-marathon-with-a-supermodel/
    Experiencing that “runners’ high”
    Always being able to nonchantly drop into a conversation “Oh yeah – I’ve run a marathon!” 😉

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  2. Reblogged this on Pip in Motion and commented:

    As many of us finish racing season for the year, or start to wind down for the colder weather, I thought I’d share an old post on the reasons I love running- and in particular, the reasons I’ll keep on running all year round, come rain or shine!

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  3. I love this list.
    I went for a run yesterday just as it was beginning to drizzle. I actually love the way people look at me like I’m crazy when they see me run in the rain. It makes me feel hardcore and stuff, even when I’m wheezing through my mile.

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    1. Definitely! When I hear small children asking their parents why that woman is running in the rain/sleet/hail I always feel like a badass…and maybe like the kids are seeing an example? Or maybe they’re just seeing a crazy person… guess it’s all down to perspective!

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