Sometimes, you wake up and want to press snooze forever — something that’s been occurring over and over (and over!) this winter. On such mornings, it’s important to remind ourselves why we run. Remember: It’s a choice. Do it, or don’t do it. But at least, if you’re contemplating the latter, glance over these reasons that inspire the former.
1. Look on the bright side. It was snowing on Tuesday morning, and all I really wanted to do was pull the covers over my head. I haven’t run on a snowy day all season, and it’d be practically blasphemous to avoid it altogether. Central Park looks beautiful in white. I’m sure the pathways you frequent do to.
2. Fast is fun. People like Running Bun inspire me to be fast, even if the whole point of WRFG is to keep it slow and steady. More on this to come later, but since my shin still refuses to cooperate on long runs, I’ve been contemplating a shorter race in the future — for speed. Who am I?
3. For the love of Oreo’s. Sometimes, Noah comes home with a present, like Oreo’s or another bag of dark chocolate peanut M&M’s, or pie. While I don’t necessarily run so that I can consume sugary treats here and there, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me feel even the tiniest bit better about my insatiable sweet tooth.
4. For the love of greens. On that note, I’d also be lying if I said that running didn’t make me an inherently healthier person. After a run, I crave greens, legumes (yum, peanut butter) and other healthful ingredients like almond milk and chia.
5. Kick-start your day. I’ve made the mistake of incorporating longer runs into weekday mornings while training for a race. Most of my runs though, especially as of lately, are just 3-5 miles — the perfect morning distance, if you ask me. After, I feel energized and better ready to face the day. Without it, you might as well take away my coffee and inject me with Nyquil.
6. No negativity. It is so nice to feel as though you have accomplished something before you’ve even gotten to the office. Even if you wind up having the worst day in the world, your circumstance will be made that much better by the fact that you ran in the morning.
7. Answer questions. With or without music, I’m best able to think clearly when running. This is one of the things I love most about it — even if I have no answers in the end.
8. Find your strength. I’ve had to make some difficult life choices in the past week (more details on that to come too). Last week, running had a powerful effect on my ability to overcome challenges and make decisions that have allowed me to be true to myself.
9. Get smart. I truly believe that exercise — of all kinds — makes you a smarter human being. In college, in high school, in middle school; whenever I have been active, I’ve simply produced better work. As an adult, I’ve found that it keeps me motivated on and off the pavement too.
10. Community. Perhaps this is one of the most unexpected aspects of running that’s kept me at it for so long in New York City — especially on these snowy mornings. The running community is so, so special. We’re a group of like-minded individuals with unique goals and one overall mission: to find passion and encouragement out of every step we take. If you haven’t joined in on the fun, I highly suggest you do.