I allowed myself this weekend to be mad, sad, irritated, etc. about the fact that I am injured will not be able to run for several more weeks (in case you missed it, you can read my sob story here). But it’s a new week – and a short one at work – so that means it’s time to adjust the attitude and celebrate Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for so many things, but I’m going to limit this list to stuff that is directly tied to running and why I am so grateful that I got addicted to it about five years ago. If you’re looking for a reason to try out a run/walk/jog/crawl/whatever, here are some great perks:
- The running community. I don’t even know where to begin. I have met so many inspiring, interesting, and fun people all because we happen to run. I love hearing other people’s stories. I love the encouragement I get from others (seriously, I’m still in awe of the number of people who have reached out to me about my stress fracture). I love following other people’s adventures – some I only know through blogs, Twitter, or being a J&A Racing ambassador. These people “get me”. So if you think running is a solo sport that’s no fun – let us prove otherwise! And guess what, we don’t care if you’re fast or slow – we love to celebrate every accomplishment right along with you.
- The energy boost and mood improvements from running. Whether it’s a 3 mile run or a 20 mile run, I always come home happy and ready to conquer the rest of the day! (Though I may need a nap later on to restart myself after long runs…) And if I’m upset or stressed, a run will always make me feel better.
- Running clothes. If I could find a way to wear them all day, everyday, I would. So much more comfortable.
- Being able to eat chocolate, have a glass of wine, etc. without feeling guilty. Everything in moderation!
- Getting outside. I love being outdoors, running through neighborhoods and parks, seeing other people out and about, and enjoying the weather. It’s a great way to see new places too. One of my favorite runs ever was through Paris last fall – I’ll always remember the sights along the way that morning!
- My crutches. Hey, at least I’ll get some arm workouts in, right?? I told you, I’m trying to adjust the attitude!
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?