By the time I finish writing this post, there will probably be less than 1 day and 22 hours left before half-marathon #5. A couple of people have told me in the past month that they would love to love running, but they hate it. You know what, I don’t love it. I hate it on days too. But most of the time I like it enough to keep me going. So before I get really nervous and get cold feet about running this weekend (I do every time), here are the top 10 reasons I run.
- I get to see my family. I’m running the half this weekend with my dad, aunt, and two brothers. My sister and cousin are running the half relay. Yes, this is definitely the #1 reason for me. I always know if I commit to a half-marathon that means I’ll also get a weekend with family.
- My body just shrinks and feels so much better. I definitely don’t look like a runner (ever), but I love the way running makes my legs and my core feel strong.
- There’s a feeling of accomplishment when I cross the finish line of a race I’ve been training for. It’s a feeling that I haven’t felt from anything else.
- I get to feel okay (and am encouraged) to eat carbs. And drink chocolate milk.
- With our goal to hit half-marathons in all 50 states (it may be a while), I get to go awesome places like Nashville and Iowa.
- The free t-shirts (okay maybe not free) and medals. Ooh and the post-race snacks.
- Running is free and flexible. I don’t have to get up early or plan my schedule around a class at the gym. I can run on a trail outside or jump on a treadmill.
- The gadgets.
- The pedicure after a race or months of training. I get used to the woman laughing at my gross feet. Best pedicure comment I’ve ever gotten was, “Are you a soccer player? You have nice calves.”
- It makes me happy. And when I’m happy, everyone else is happy.
Happy long weekend! I’ll be back on Tuesday with wobbly legs and a new long-sleeved t-shirt.