As a tween, my friend’s older brother, an avid music fan, insisted that we listen to a bootleg cassette of a guy he heard perform at the Jersey shore, we listened. This brother was around eighteen years old and I was flattered to be included if not exactly feeling the need for more music in my life. I was perfectly content with the bubble-gum pop that filled my young heart with song. Yet, this cassette was to transition me into more serious rock-n-roll and I’m glad I stepped up to the moment. It didn’t hurt that I was listening to Bruce Springsteen, well before he was The Boss, and I was swept away.
Good friends (and their brothers) are like that; they share their hard-earned love in the hopes that others will love it too. And good friends give you the benefit of the doubt when you look a little crazy.
Marc Parent, column writer of Newbie Chronicles at Runner’s World, shares:
How does a rational person choose discomfort over comfort, time and again? In other words, how do you stay crazy? There are many compelling reasons to run – some universal, some personal, some obvious, some obscure. The trick is to keep those reasons at the front of our mind. You make a list of these reasons – a convincing list of arguments for why you run. You refer to the list when you are weak and the cake is strong. The word fun isn’t on this list. If running is fun for you, you don’t need a list. The rest of us do. We need reasons to run. Really good reasons.
Here are some of my really good reasons.
- Check exercise off the list. A minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day is recommended by… everyone. It’s empowering to say to everyone, “Yes, I exercise at least 30 minutes a day.”
- Personal responsibility. I could no longer lean on my past youth, or anticipate “when my kids are older”, or medical cures. The time is now.
- Running is inexpensive. No gym, pool, field, or class necessary. A pair of running shoes that fit well and take you where you want to go helps.
- Running is efficient. More benefits are received in a 30-minute run compared to a walk of the same duration. (Walking is awesome, too.)
- Run most anywhere. Walk out your front door and run. Run on city streets and rural trails. Run in your neighborhood and anywhere you travel.
- Run most anytime. Morning, midday, night, weekdays, weekends, holidays, seasonal, and year-round (with the help of treadmills.)
- Running heals my gut. After a lifetime of digestive and circulation issues, running is an integral part of why I feel better.
- Running lifts my mood. The tap, tap, tap, tap calms and soothes.
- It’s simple to begin and a challenge to master. I’m constantly being tested by the finesse and nuances involved.
- Run with siblings on RunKeeper. My brother hits the streets in Pennsylvania and my sister tracks her miles in Texas, yet, online we run together.
- Sweet high-performance clothes and shoes. Mix and match vibrant colors and sleek textures.
- Run for the love of food. Manage weight, eat more and eat better for fuel and celebrating.
- Set and meet goals. Personal bests. Finish lines. Winning.
- Run to be engaged in my community. 5Ks are a blast and often raise money for charity, too.
- Runners inspire me. Each has a story, a tenacity, a goal. Each is beautiful.
- Improved vitality and stamina. Chronic exhaustion is awful. Energy is wonderful.
- Improved strength, strong core, and lean mean arms.
- Better sleep. Resting and running go hand in hand.
- Practice patience. Gradual results counter the tendency for immediate gratification.
- Quality time alone. Take a break from life’s demands.
- Listen to music. I adore Spotify playlists.
- Time to pray. Amen.
- Creative inspiration. Business ideas. Blog posts. Family projects. Problems solved.
- Look forward to something positive. A plan and a purpose for each day.
- I run for those who won’t or can’t. Because I can.
As a recovering super-hater of running, decidedly not a Born to Runner (could not resist the nod to Springsteen), I’m grateful and glad that I gave running a try two and a half years ago. I quickly realized that much of what I believed about running, and myself as a runner or athlete, was flat out wrong. Sometimes it’s wonderful to be wrong.
Running is a life-giving privilege. I believe that, while running may not be for everyone, it is for anyone who wants to give it a try or who wants to increase their wellness, to include happiness. As an avid fan of the benefits of running, give my reasons a listen and I hope you get swept away.
Need more convincing? Check out these articles:
- Why Run? at Active.com
- 30 Reasons to Start Running Now at Greatist
- Reasons to Run: If lacing up is fun for you, you don’t need a reason at Runner’s World