I run for a lot of reasons. Some are practical such as building strength and endurance and keeping my good cholesterol levels up. Others are personal such as relieving stress and keeping balance in my life. The following are just some of the more random reasons why I run:
1 – It’s cheap. Running shoes? Check. Shorts? Check. Tshirt? Check. No other sport costs so little and gives you back so much. Who needs a gym membership when you can buy a pair of running sneakers and be ready to go?
2 – Lifting weights is boring. There’s plenty to be said about cross training and strength training no matter what sport you do. But how much fun is it to lift weights? Not as fun as finding a new trail to explore or racing a 5k.
3 – To escape the zombie apocalypse. Until the walking dead can learn to pick up the pace those who run will always have an upper hand in a survival situation.
4 – Weird looks and comments. Tell someone you run for fun and you’ll get a load of amusing responses. Better yet, go for a run in the afternoon when the heat index is over 90 degrees and watch how many drivers stare at you in confusion.
5 – It’s tough stuff. Automatic bragging rights are bestowed on anyone who says they run. The farther the distance or faster the speed the more satisfying it is.