Wednesday morning run: 5 miles in 41:05, 8:13 pace
Today’s run was humid and sticky, but still a good one. I am so happy to report that all of my post marathon soreness is now gone! It feels good to be back to my happy running self. I have found that my recovery is better and I’m able to bounce back quicker after each marathon that I’ve completed. This morning I was feeling mentally strong and ready to bang it out, and I did. I followed it up with some stretching and then went to work.
In honor of Valentine’s Day (apparently I’m still celebrating) I’ve decided to give you my list of reasons why I LOVE to run.
I borrowed this from my friend RunGiaRun…I especially like the part about stopping to smell the endorphins.
Running helps me clear my mind.
No matter what is going on in my crazy life, I can always turn on some good music and just rock it out and hit the pavement. This morning it was Pitbull on my Pandora Radio.
Some days I like to run with music, some days I don’t. There are always those mornings where I would just rather listen to my feet hit the ground, the birds chirping, watch the sunrise.…just me and God’s artwork.
Running sets the tone for my day.
This is especially why I like to run in the mornings before work. I think it sets a precedent for how the day will go. I can definitely tell those days when I go for a run in the morning from days when I don’t. It is like my hot cup of coffee. It revives me, and energizes my day.
Running is my “ME” time.
Typically my weekdays are so busy with work and errands (oh the joys of adulthood), leaving very little time to tend to myself. Running allows me to just get out there and do something for myself. For my health, for my sanity.
Running is time with good friends and running buddies.
Although typically during the week I run solo, I love when I get an opportunity to run with others. I feel that running in packs helps to hold you accountable and keeps you motivated. Running with a group has really added a lot to my life, and I love being able to share my love of running with others that have that same passion.
Running allows me to test and push my limits.
I think it’s funny sometimes how when you first set out for a run, you tend to doubt your capabilities. To this day, I still surprise myself with how far or how fast I can go. Take this morning for instance. I rolled out of bed, and fleeting thoughts of staying under the covers til 7:30 am crossed my mind. But no, I got up…6 am. As soon as I hit the pavement I knew I wanted to run strong today. And I did. I think that challenging yourself and getting outside of your comfort zone is so important.
What are some reasons why you love to run?