After reading Michele’s post on Monday and Lisa’s comment (and follow-up post) I was thinking about my own comment, then on Tuesday I was out for a run and just feeling amazing, and thinking about how great it felt to be able to get out and run … and the scene from Office Space came into my head …
Because for me, every run is a gift, a joy – even the ones when I don’t want to get out of bed, when it is too cold, too rainy, too windy or whatever. It doesn’t matter if I track my runs or not – they are all equally valid and all important to me! While I have said before that ‘mostly the runs are boring’, they are also all great! Especially during the warmer months – you will NEVER hear me complain about the warmth …
Last week someone used the Legally Blonde quote in a post, but I couldn’t find the post. Here is the article:
“I just don’t think that Brooke could’ve done this. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Elle Woods
You go out for a run, come home and feel simultaneously exhausted and energized – that is a chemical process at work, and it can fuel your entire day, and really make a difference in how you make your way through life. I have said it before, but I believe that ‘running me’ is the best version of myself!
2. Tastes Great, Less Filling
Another thing I have talked about in the past is how running regulates my eating: when running I crave healthier foods much more than when I am not running, and everything about my eating habits seems to operate at its most efficient.
All of my medical tests and checkups show how my health is excellent and all of my levels are doing well and my heart is incredibly efficient – and I attribute much of this to running. Running helps me forge the path to fueling myself rather than just eating. And my fuel is very important to how feel and perform.
3. Health Benefits
We know that running is good for us in very many ways, but a recent article at Runner’s World details the benefits we can get even at relatively low volumes. From the article:
It concludes: “Running, even 5-10 minutes a day, at slow speeds, even slower than 6 miles per hour [10:00 minute pace], is associated with markedly reduced risks of death from all causes and cardiovascular disease.”
Carina posted the satirical look from The Onion, which also said that running gets you the hate of office-mates and random people on the street, which is at least somewhat true for many runners!
4. ‘Runner’s High’
This is REAL! This is more than just the endorphins pumping, it is the fun that makes no sense to others, the joy in putting in a ton of miles, of learning to deal with chafing, of adapting our bodies and minds and schedules to fit in more time pounding the pavement. And yet it is all fun, as noted at Running Boston and Beyond last week.
The high can happen during the run, before or after, and is that constant affirmation of our love for the sport. It is something I feel all the time and a big part of what drives me as a runner!
5. ‘Cheap Therapy’
I don’t really ever like mixing medical terms in non-medical contexts, as I find it a bit disrespectful to those who are going through therapy. But the reality is that running provides stress relief, the ability to focus, to think and work through all sorts of problems in a way unlike anything else I have ever done. I have joked before how my kids would ask if I’d gone for my run when I got snippy – and it is so true!
Bonus: Another T-Rex Competitor article
Danielle is back! This time it is ‘themed races’ – basically these tie in with ‘fun runs’ that have become so popular recently. Any excuse to get out there and have fun!
As for the scene …
My Running Summary
Coming off of my nearly 21 mile Saturday and long challenging hike on Sunday, I was exhausted but ready for a good week of running. I knew I’d be taking Friday off because we had to leave the house early, but wasn’t too worried! Let’s take a look:
Sunday: ‘Rest’ day (yeah, right – major hike!)
Monday: 9.75 miles
Tuesday: 10.1 miles
Wednesday: 8.75 miles
Friday: Another ‘rest’ day touring Syracuse Univ.
Saturday 14.75 miles
My weekly total was just over 53 miles! There are a couple of highlights – Tuesday’s amazingly awesome run was just one of those times when I didn’t want to stop, and Saturday’s ‘fast half’ … as I posted on Instagram, when I looked at my Magellan Echo after the run I was surprised to see I was at the same time as my last half marathon!
Do you ever have to remind yourself of your love for running? How was YOUR week?