Why I Run

Happy Friday everyone!  This morning we woke up to an inch or so of snow.  The city of Chicago actually got quite a few more,  but everything is covered in a thin layer of white around here.  However, it’s still not enough snow for my daughter to build a snowman!

I’m so excited for another long weekend.  The hubs and I have a date night this weekend and are going to here for dinner.  Yeah for yummy food and a toddler free dinner!!  The plan is to also catch a movie.  There is so much out there but so many of the movies are so long.  Does anyone else have a hard time sitting through 2 1/2 hour films?

Anyways, it’s looking more and more like I’ll be putting away the running tights until February or March with the cold weather here to stay.  Such a bummer, but I am still enjoying my morning runs on my treadmill.

Running was something that I began doing in my early 20’s as a means of stress reduction.  I’ll admit, that my relationship with running is a love/hate one, sometimes there are mornings when the last thing I want to do is lace up my shoes and get on my treadmill.  Especially in these cold winter months!

I usually say to myself, ” just run a little bit and you’ll feel better. ”  So, I start out and by the time the first song has ended, I’m in the zone.  What’s funny is that it doesn’t matter how I feel before or during my run.  It’s how I feel at the end of the run that keeps me going for the rest of the day and into the evening.  I always tell people that running is for the uncoordinated and non-athletic because truthfully I have never consider myself to be an athlete.  If you want to understand how I got into running check it out here.

Most importantly, I run because I CAN.

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Question:  Do you run?  What keeps you going especially in these cold winter months?

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8 Responses to Why I Run

  1. Running keeps me sane! Even if it means I hit the treadmill, I still need to get my run in.

  2. Robinson says:

    That picture sums it up.

    Perfect.

  3. Running is great therapy! I hear you – some mornings it’s all you can do to get your butt out of bed and running but you always get into it once you start. No running for me during the winter due to 2 stress fractures on my left foot so I’m spinning instead!

  4. Sabrina says:

    Running is my inspiration to be better, healthier.

  5. Shay Trashay says:

    Running for me started out many years ago as just a way to lose my Freshman Fifteen. 15 years later, I’m obsessed. 🙂 I don’t just run; I love all kinds of working out–Boot Camp, Jillian Michaels and other fitness DVD’s (Jillian’s my fave, but I kicked it old-school last night with a little Billy Blanks Tae Bo, and I do love to change it up). When I was pregnant with my second, my dr. wouldn’t let me run because I had preganncy trouble in the past and he was worried about the impact. Since I could run, I was on that stairstepper on level “Kiliminjaro” (with dr’s permission) all the way up until the Monday before my son was born. I would have finished off the week on it, but our gym manager threatened to take away my membership if he had to clean up broken water. 🙂 I’m so excited to follow your blog. If you’re in the mood for a snarky laugh, head on over to my comedy blog at http://www.trashyblog.com. Thanks!!

  6. Shay Trashay says:

    Oh my gosh,I was so excited to leave you a comment that I left typos–which I NEVER do! Argh. That should say “pregnancy” trouble, obviously, and then “Since I COULDN’T run…” Perhaps another cup of coffee and a run would help…

  7. I never thought I would fall in love with running, but I have! I started at age 35.

  8. Deborah says:

    Nice post! Thanks for tweeting about it today! BTW, my daughter lives a couple hours north of you!

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