5 Reasons Why I Run
1. Physical Health
I will admit that a lot of the reason why I run is to stay in shape. I started running about 15 years ago when I had gained some weight from the standard diet of eating junk food and not moving my body enough. I started out walking, and then began to add some running, and eventually it became a habit. I have run as much as my body will allow me to since then. I learned the hard way about injuries, but I will do another post on that topic.
2. Mental Health
Running gives me clarity; it gives me time by myself with my own thoughts. Sometimes I process problems or issues, and sometimes I pay attention to my breathing or my surroundings. I like to try and stay in the now moment as much as I can. Running is one of the few times during the day where I don’t feel stressed. Even if I’m having a “bad” run, it’s still feels great. If I go more than a day or two without a run, I just feel off.
My dog Gerdie really needs the exercise. She is a Weimaraner, and I don’t know how much you know about the breed, but they are generally very destructive if not given enough movement and activity. I think she could run all day if I let her. I love seeing the joy on her face, in her eyes, and by the way she wags her tail. It makes me feel good that I can do something for her that I enjoy and need too.
Although I like to run solo (with Gerdie) most of the time, running has also been a bonding experience for me. I have met some of my best friends through running both when I lived in Austin and here in Dallas. It is also nice to have someone there pushing you, even if it’s in silence. There is a certain unspoken vibe when you run with someone else; they are your accountability partner and vice-versa.
Even if Remi never loves running like I do, at the very least I want to set a good example for her. I want to help her understand how important is to practice good habits, which include daily exercise. I will admit that I am excited she is starting to show an interest in it and even completed her first 1 mile race without stopping. I was and still am so proud of her. Running takes not only physical strength, but mental strength too, and she showed me both with that race.
What are the reasons why you run? If you don’t run, what other type exercise do you like?