So why run?
So why run? I have asked myself this question many times in the not so past, and just the other day. It can be a somewhat daunting question to answer, but for me it comes simply. To answer this question, I need to explain my situation a bit more.
I have access to a full gym and a personal trainer at a beautiful facility. The school that I attend has a gym that rivals many, but I may be bias because of the time and sweat I have left there. While I have utilized these and I have seen great results from weight training, the simple answer……I just love running!
I have come a long way from dreading every stride to finding pleasure in every mile. I love the feeling of lacing up the shoes and getting a full body work out. I love pushing myself and running a new route. I love making my own pace, and challenging myself. I love holding myself accountable for achieving my personal goals. I love getting faster every time.
For me, running became my new sport, an individual sport. This was something that I had not experienced before. The only person that expects progress is me. The only person disappointed about skipping a day is me. The only person who knows my limits, but tests them anyway is me. I think it really began to grow on me because I am a very competitive person, and the only one who will win is me. No excuses.
Along with the personal fulfillment, it is the easiest and cheapest sport; no equipment required except a good pair of shoes! You can run anywhere and that is part of the fun as well. Explore your neighborhood or find a trail. I highly recommend www.mapmyrun.com and other similar sites for making your own routes.
I have done my time on the treadmill and the track, but there is nothing like running outside. If you are concerned with weight loss, I can attest that running 1-3 miles a few times a week is effective. I began running thinking I didn’t have any weight to lose, but I lost the freshmen 15 and then some.
No matter where you start or how much you can handle, every mile running is a goal completed. Keep running, and have a Merry Christmas!