Why I Love Running
Hello all! My name is Alex, and I blog at Alex Tries it Out. I’m a graphic designer, runner, and blogger living in central Iowa and (constantly attempting to) live a healthy lifestyle.
Although I dabble into a lot of different types of exercise, running was my first true “love” when it came to working out. Although I’ve been working out on and off for a few years, I started running a year ago – and I feel in love with it.
Why, you ask? Well …
- It’s a chance to be outdoors
Like many Americans, my day job involves me sitting at a desk. I love being a graphic designer, but it doesn’t tend towards being a job you can do out in the sunlight. Running is my time with nature. To feel the sun on my skin – and the wind in my hair!
- It’s my time to think
Think about it. We’re all always so available in this day and age. Phones, email, Twitter. But while I’m out on my run, I don’t check any of this. This tends to lead me to time with myself and my thoughts. It’s incredibly calming.
- It’s a great workout
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this. Let’s be honest. Running is such a great workout. I’m not going to elaborate much on this, because it’s not the point of this article. But it keeps me in great shape.
- The friendships I’ve made
I’ve made several friends through running who I never would have met otherwise. The thing about runners? There’s always something to talk about! Races, training, running shoes. It never fails, and bonds are easily made.
- The measurable progress
Although this goes along with number 3, it’s not the same thing. I could get a great workout a lot of ways, but with races, I have an end goal in mind. Some lives go in seasons. Runners go in races!
There’s nothing quite like finding a workout you identify with deeply. Have you found that? What’s stopping you?