|I run so I can buy more shoes!|
You see, for me those are tricky questions. Why do I run? Some days, I literally have no idea! It frequently hurts. It leaves me sore and laying on a foam roller at night. It often makes me suck on my inhaler like it is going out of style. It makes me ice body parts, which I really hate to do. It also makes me eat more food that humanly possible (not that I’m complaining about that!)
And then, as if that joy wasn’t quite enough, I register for running races all the time. Yes, I pay a lot of money to get up at 3-4am, battle traffic, cope with the wretchedness of porta potties, and stand shivering in a herd of people until someone blows a whistle and tells me to run.
Sounds like a cattle call, doesn’t it?!
In light of all that, why do I enjoy running?
Because I can. I love to run because it hurts and puts me in a whole separate world of pain. However, with that ridiculous suffering comes one of the most awesome athletic highs that can be found anywhere. The feeling I get when I set a new PR or simply cross a finish line — any finish line will do! — is not like anything else. Plus, running gives me time to clear my head and work out any problem in life.
Besides, it doesn’t hurt that I get to enjoy views like this on my runs!
|View from a nearby trail|
|Sunset at the track last week|