Why Should I Run?

by jon on November 13, 2011

So I just got back from a short run and feel great. I always kick myself because the hardest part about running seems to be getting out there. This morning I had all kinds of excuses and they usually go something like this below. I decided to respond to my own excuses as well.

morning runner

I have too much to do and not enough time to run.

Really? Is 25-30 min really going to set me back that much? Exercise helps our health and happiness which allows us to get the most out of life.

I will just get to it later.

This never happens. When you identify a time to exercise, go for it. That way you won’t regret it later.

I don’t want to overdo it.

Unless you are injured, a short run is more about getting outside and igniting your cognitive ability. Studies show our minds improve when we feed it with exercise and nature.

I could probably come up with plenty of other excuses. Instead, I decided to make my own list of 10 reasons that help remind me why I like to run. Now I will look at this list whenever I am trying to come up with reasons not to run!

1. Getting outside. The sights are endless depending on when and where you run, but the sun, trees, water, landmarks, trails and streams always make me smile.  And they make plenty of ridiculous gear to wear even when it is cold.  See below.

jon running

2. Running with music. I love it when one of my favorite songs comes on during a run.  Coldplay and Killers might be on all my mixes.  I love making running mixes too.  Shocker alert.

3. Running with my dog Brooks. As you know from his guest post, he starts to practically do back flips when I put on my running gear. He usually looks up and smiles at me every 5 min or so during the run. The look usually says, “this is awesome, but let’s keep going.”

Brooks on the beach

 

4. Passing other runners doing the same thing.

5. Having time to yourself or getting to catch up with friends if you run in a group. I have made some amazing friends over the years by just meeting people for a short jog.

blue ridge group

6. The sense of accomplishment when you are done.

7. The energy you feel for hours after you finish.

8. Just feeling blessed that I have two legs to run on. We don’t have legs just to sit all day!

9. Usually I get to eat after a run which is always a plus. My reward this morning was an egg white omelet with feta! If there was a feta clinic, I would have to check in.

10. The idea that my short little run will allow me to live longer, set a better example and make a greater impact in our world.

So, what would your list look like? How could you re-frame your running or any other exercise to make it easier to get out there?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jess Bieligk November 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm

jon – love this post and wanted to offer one of my favorite lines which is from an old nike ad: “if you went running when you started thinking about it, you’d be home by now”

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jon November 16, 2011 at 6:25 am

Jess, that is so true. I love that quote. We need to get a run in on my next D.C. trip!

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Carole Levy November 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

Great post! I love how you responded to your own excuses and the list of your 10 motivational points. I love how you reconnect running with your larger noble goal. I don’t run but you almost gave me the desire to do it! I don’t run but I swim, I walk and I dance. Before, I was forcing myself to do these activities to be in “good” shape. But I was still in the “I should mode” and was inconsistent. Now I’m focusing more on the physical pleasure these activities give me and how they also nourish my soul and my creativity…

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jon November 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Carole, I love your perspective with exercise. It is just another way to nourish the soul and your creativity. Some of my best ideas have some while on a run or when I got back from one. I need to remember that it is great for my creativity. Thanks!

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Sosha Lewis November 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Great post! I am going to print out an answer to my excuses and hang it on my fridge. You always feel better after you have run (or done anything active for that matter). Thanks for having such a positive attitude about life. I find it inspiring and uplifting.

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jon November 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

Sosha, thank you so much for the kind words. I always feel better too and that made me wonder why I struggle with the decision to go. The mind is always trying trick us or we just need to re-train the mind. Can’t wait to check out your blog too!

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