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Why I Run

Posted Sep 20 2012 11:37pm

Today was chest and triceps and it went wonderfully because it was quick, to the point, and I didn’t have to (rather I chose not to..) run after!

I’ve been having some really crappy runs lately. Like, all of them. I’m too crampy, I’m too hot, I’m too cold, I’m TOO SLOW and I’m NOT READY! In all seriousness, I think this allergy season has taken a serious toll on me and I am waiting and waiting for it to pass. I wake up every morning completely congested and then try to go workout. I’m significantly slower than I was in May, and at this rate my chances of PR-ing are looking very grim. I’m trying to stay positive because PR or not, I love to run. So I decided to write down all the reasons I will keep training and race anyway.

  • For the look on my neighbors face when I run past their house for the 3rd time in 2 hours
  • For when the heat breaks and it starts to rain right as I need it most
  • For when I lap that guy I saw on the same path a half hour ago
  • For the carbs I get to eat before
  • For the carbs I get to eat after
  • For the carbs I get to eat DURING
  • For the new pairs of running shoes
  • For the Lululemon!
  • For the ever-so-flattering race photos
  • For the chance at another PR. Every run is another chance for that feeling. The. Best. Feeling.
  • For a good excuse to get a pedicure
  • For how cute my dog looks when I take her with me
  • For the strangers who see my name on my bib and cheer for me on race day
  • For everyone who can’t run
  • For the right to wear my finisher’s medal ALL DAY on race day
  • For the future me who one day may not be able to run at all
  • For that good, clean, I just sweat out all the bad stuff feeling
  • For the sprinklers I get to jump through when it’s hot!
  • For the “good mornings” and “good afternoons” from fellow runners
  • For the personal trainer who told me I couldn’t
  • For the finish line cookies and bagels
  • For the funny signs held by people cheering
  • For the funny faces people make at my Vibram FiveFingers!
  • For the sore legs the next day
  • For my Grandma and Grandpas
  • For the health of my heart

So shut up Garmin, I know I’m slow. But I’m happy anyway :)


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