It’s the love month, and with Valentine’s Day just past I’m still feeling a little tingly and giddy. You don’t stick with something unless you love it; that’s how I know I love running. Let me run down the reasons why.
I love running because I’m good at it (well, relatively speaking). Unlike some activities which are judged subjectively on aesthetics and preference, running has an objective measure: you’re good at it if you can outrun the rest of the pack. I also have a competitive streak, and beating my PR’s satisfies my need to win.
I love running because it has helped me keep the weight off. Eating is a way I bond with my family and friends, and adding just a bit more running to my weekly routine has kept the inches from piling on.
I love running because it literally takes me places. I go on foot more these days because running has made me so hardy on my feet, and I see little treasures and details and slices of life in my surroundings that I would have missed if I were in a car.
I love running because it’s always an adventure. Everything is new even if it’s the same old road I run week after week. My body and mental state are different, and running not only takes me on an external journey, but an internal one as well.
I love running because I’ve met so many people through it who’ve become good friends. My Endure teammates are runners I met through Takbo.ph, and I’m able to keep up conversations with random people I encounter simply because they’re runners too!
Lastly but most importantly, I love running because it makes me feel truly human. Sometimes I feel like I’m just a disembodied brain as I write at my computer, or a little robot with a “play button” when I teach gym classes inside a studio. But when I’m out on the road listening to the sounds of my breath in the air and footfalls on the ground, feeling the wind on my skin as I go faster, seeing the world speed by me, I know I’m doing what God designed me to do, what I was built for. This is what keeps me running and will keep me running for years to come.
So, why do you love running?