Post by: Mary Lambkin, Swiftwick ambassador and Minutes Per Mile blogger.
As the hot, slow days of summer start dragging us down, I thought today I’d take a moment and reflect on the reasons I love running! Hopefully this list of 10 good things will inspire you to keep running through the heat like they have for me.
1. You can run anywhere.
One of the main reasons I started running is because I didn’t have a gym membership and didn’t really know how to work out. Running seemed like an easy fitness option because I could do it right from my front door! I started running in 2006 at the end of high school and kept going through college. I moved a lot and traveled abroad a handful of times from 2006 to 2014, and it was nice that I could take running with me wherever I went. Shout-out to all of the runs I’ve done in England.
2. It’s (mostly) free.
Until you start blowing money on race registrations and fancy running gear, running is fantastic because it’s pretty much free! All you need are some running shoes. And please splurge on at least a few sweat-wicking shirts, shorts and socks. When I first started running I wore a lot of cotton… not good. Now I spend hundreds of dollars at Athleta.
3. It’s mental and physical.
I go a little crazy if I don’t get to run regularly (just ask Anthony) because running is my “me” time. I personally like to run at the start of the day to get my brain going and soak up some fresh air before heading to work. Other people like de-stressing with a run at the end of a tough day. Whatever works!
4. It’s simple.
Although running can definitely get in your head, it’s also a brilliantly simple sport. All you do is put one foot in front of the other. Back when I had a running coach, he used to remind me of this all the time, and it really helped me get out of my own head. I tend to run my best when I completely zone out, and remembering that running is just a simple forward movement makes the whole thing a lot easier to do.
5. It’s social.
Running buddies are the best! People often compare running to sports like swimming and biking, and I just can’t imagine doing those two other sports because the first thing I wonder is: How would you chat with your friends along the way? I suppose you could sneak in a few discussions here and there, but I think running is one of the best sports of all time for being social. I’ve had so many deep, random, and life-changing conversations on runs with friends! (Shout out to Anne!)
6. It’s competitive.
Another reason I love to run is because it’s one of the best and purest forms of straight-up competition, especially if you’re on the track. A flat surface and a perfectly measured distance? At that point it’s basically just you against the clock, with weather being the only variable. Few other sports offer such a clean-cut comparison point for performance. And, of course, the whole competition aspect of racing is fun, too!
7. It’s outdoorsy.
I’ve gotten to know so many cities, parks and trails while on the run! As well as witness hundreds of street furniture pieces and sunrises. Getting out for a run lets me soak up some vitamin D and connect with mother nature.
8. It’s year-round.
Unless you are a wimp, running is a year-round sport! Apart from extreme weather events and treacherous icy streets, there aren’t many things that would prohibit me from running outside. Unlike seasonal sports, I get to enjoy running all year long.
9. It’s (mostly) good for you.
I think it’s safe to say that most medical professionals would say that running is a good form of exercise for the majority of people. It’s one of the oldest sports out there! Not only has running made me more physically fit, but it’s also encouraged me to eat healthier and get more sleep.
10. It’s fun to talk about.
Lastly, I love running because it’s fun to talk about (um, what do you think this whole blog thing has focused on for the past four years?!). After the “running boom” about five years ago, it seems like just about everyone is a runner these days. Running is a great conversation starter! (Shout out to Meb and Sokphal!)