Happy Monday! I hope you are feeling rested and restored from the weekend. Ours could be summed up by the following words: rollercoaster, volleyball, beach, beer, good friends, and you guessed it: RUNNING!
Right now I’m not training for anything in particular, there are currently no major half-marathons or marathons on my schedule. I’m just running for the sheer joy of it. When you’re not working towards a specific goal (that you already signed up and paid a lot of money for!) it can be challenging to find reasons to get out the door and push yourself every day, when there is no deadline or finish line in front of you.
Lately, I’ve been preaching the following five reasons to run to myself, and I’d love to share them with you! Whether you’re running simply for fun like me, just looking to start exercising in general, or training for a big goal race…I hope this post will help!
3 Reasons to Run Today
1. Running builds confidence.
Running (and any good workout) makes you feel strong, empowered, beautiful, and confident. Even just a 20 or 30 minute run will have you feeling like you can handle whatever the day throws at you. I tend to naturally be a pretty insecure person, but running has really helped me to combat that. I feel more beautiful after a run than I do with makeup and a fancy dress on. Running will help you to love yourself, and your body!
2. You can run anywhere.
Do you live at the beach, in the city, in the suburbs, or in the middle of nowhere? Great! Those are all fabulous places to go for a run. It doesn’t matter if you’re at home, on vacation, or out of your normal environment, you can truly run anywhere and you don’t need a gym, a trainer, or any equipment. It’s a sport that works in any environment. There are no excuses for why you can’t run today. Just go!
3. Running relieves stress.
I always say that running is cheaper than therapy. It’s true! Running boosts endorphins, relaxes the mind, and releases stress. It allows me to time to think, pray, and connect with God on a deeper level. I often “numb out” on runs and my worries, fears, and stressors truly fade away. And as the wise philosopher Elle Woods once said… 🙂
I’m the first to admit that it can be incredibly hard to get out of bed and put your shoes on when the alarm clock blares and it’s still dark outside. But, it’s worth it! For these three reasons and so many more. I hope you found a little motivation within this post…get out there and get after it!
What are some of your favorite reasons to run? Share in the comments!