You’ve seen us. We’re out there everywhere. Rain, sleet, snow, uphill, and flat surfaces. Morning, noon or night. We’ll be out there. You may have even asked yourself why that crazy person is out there in a downpour or at some crazy hour like midnight.
Why? It’s who we are. It’s what we do. We are determined. We are defiant. We are dedicated, and we’ve discovered what other sports don’t recognize. They’re too busy using our sport as their sport’s punishment.
Running is Easy. All you have to do to run is access a treadmill (if necessary) or simply step outside. There are streets, track, and trails everywhere. You don’t even need to join a club to do it.
Running is Cheap. All you need is a decent pair of running shoes to support your feet and ankles. There are no other pieces of equipment you absolutely need in order to participate. Sure, you can purchase fun gadgets to track your time and distance or pricey brand name outfits, but they aren’t necessary.
Running is Therapy. And it’s cheaper than therapy. Have a bad day? Don’t hit the bar; hit the pavement. You’ve heard of the “Runner’s High.” It really does exist. While running, the blood is flowing properly and efficiently through your body and to your brain cells. You are better able to think better and more clearly.
Running is a Healthy Lifestyle. There are so many health benefits to running: decreased blood pressure, a healthier heart, stronger bones and joints, and many more. If you want to start a health and fitness program, walking and running are the easiest ways to do so. Getting the body to move is the first step in creating a healthier lifestyle.
Running is Personal. When you need to get away and clear your head, you can run and choose your own path. Map a route or play it by ear and discover new scenery. Running is the perfect “me” time where it’s just you and your thoughts. But, it’s more than just individual. When you pass a runner, there is that silent, understood camaraderie.
Running is Community. We greet each other out on the streets. We form teams and run for causes that we believe in. We encourage each other and motive each other. And when the Boston Marathon was hit by tragedy this year, we didn’t let that stop us. We continued to run because no one can take away our running spirit.
So, lace up your shoes and get moving out the door! We’ll be out there and we’ll understand why. It’s a running thing that only runners understand.