My dad is even more insane than I am. He runs marathons. For FUN.
We always joke about who is stupider. Why would anyone WANT to wake up early, wear crappy clothes, get sweaty, stinky, breath too hard, feel like you’re going to pass out, get sore, and come right back to the same place you started at?
Because it’s great.
If you have any friends who run, they probably LOVE to tell you all about their runs, their gross stories, and show you their (lacking) toenails. Why are they excited to talk about that? They’d have to be high to be that happy about it.
Oh right, runner’s high.
Exercising naturally makes your body produce endorphins, which make you happy! Running is good for the mind, as well as the body.
Additionally, any kind of meditation, or time in solidarity is beneficial for us. It allows us to physically move away from the stressors of life, and exist without thoughts and worries for a moment. Of course, you can sort out your day and your life choices in your head as you run too, but that’s pretty hard to do once you really start to push in your run.
Make peace of mind while you make peace with your body!
Oh, right! It’s healthy.
In case you didn’t already know, exercise is good for you. (Wowie!) Especially if you end up spending 80% of your waking hours at a table or desk sitting on your butt all day. It’s a great way to lose weight, stay in shape, and feel awesome.
Also, you’ll look good!
Of course, a lot of people work out for the results. It’s important to focus on the task itself. It’s like doing a job that you’re passionate about versus doing a job for the money. Sexiness is a side effect of healthiness. This shouldn’t be your main motivation, but it certainly helps.
Pro tip for my fellow anxiety-havers (That’s a word, I promise):
Exercising actually relieves stress and fights anxiety. You probably know that already, but hey, apply this to running. Especially on those really bad days, channel your stress into your running, and you’ll be amazed at what serendipity can really mean.
And last but certainly not least: You won’t feel bad for eating that slice of cake.
“I ran 3.2 miles today, I can do this!”
Is guilt-free dessert not the best feeling in the world?
Go eat that cake. You ran today.