Five Favorite Things About Running
Now there are to many things I like about running to count. The simple act of getting outside, putting one foot in front of the other and going a little farther and faster then I ever dreamed is full of favorites. Below is a list of five of my favorites.
In no order of importance…
(thank you for all the memories)
1. Friends – I could never list all the great people I’ve met while running. Whether I ran one race with them or trained for a marathon or ultra. I felt a special connection with everyone I’ve had the pleasure of logging a few miles with. I wanted to post a picture but I don’t want to leave anyone out…so if we ran together image your face in this post.
2. Balance – The world tends to over load you with routine, responsibilities, concerns and burdens. In the hustle its easy to forget about yourself. Running has reminded me that I must tend to myself, my body, my mind and spirit.
3. No Fat Face – Since turning 30 just a few years back (20 to be exact) I noticed its harder to keep my weight in check. At a whopping 5′ 7″ when I gain weight its noticeable. There was one distinct day that I noticed where this weight had accumulated. On me the first place it collects is on my face. During these heavy periods, I hate looking in the mirror and seeing a fat face looking back at me. Running helps me keep my weight in check and helps that guy in the mirror look just a little bit thinner a healthier.
(no fat face and my MEDOC 50k+ rock)
4. Bling – Sadly I did not “letter” in high school. In the sports I did play, I did not win any trophies or win any races. During my motor head years I did collect a number of “best in show” trophies, but to win a athletic trophy has always been more important then gaining one for having the prettiest car. Each marathon medal means a lot to me, and scoring a 3rd place award, a beer stein for the a monster hill climb, my MEDOC 50k+ rock or My Umstead 100 mile Belt Buckle…my running bling is my favorite.
5. Feeling Like I Can Do Anything – Although loving the game of football, I got kicked off my J.V. team for not being able to run a full mile. That’s right ONE mile. Although fast at the 50 yard dash I did not have the endurance or the mental toughness to stick out running one mile. My second running career has proved to me I can do anything….1 mile……I’ve run nearly 14,000 miles and I ran 100 miles in 22 hours 51 minutes and 05 seconds. Take that J.V. football and Jeff Lane!
What is a favorite thing about your running?
You nailed it. I’ll add *Exploration*
Being able to explore everywhere within a 8 mile radius of my new home, on foot, is quite fantastic. Finding new trails, paved and not, so close by is incredible. Finding cool landmarks, wildlife, or local shops that I would have never known about.
Also, being able to explore myself. Running gives me time to ponder what I’ve done, what I plan on doing. I investigate my limits, how I want to push them, when I should. How I’m feeling.
Thanks for the addition….