15 Personal Reasons Why I Run And Will Continue To Do So!
Well folks it’s another day and another list. Following on from yesterday’s positive post here are 15 reasons why I personally run.
- Running for a less restrictive diet – The reason why I got so fat in the first place was because I thought that dieting/healthy living consisted of eating nothing but salads and lifting weights. The truth is, I don’t want to adopt a clean eating or Paleo diet regime. I get pleasure out of eating ice cream, chocolate and cheese. I don’t care if they are doing some form of harm to my body. The way I look at is that I’m already dying here. No amount of fruit and vegetables will grant me Eternal life. I’m going down now so I might as well live the life I want to lead. And the life I want to lead is a balanced one with lots of running, some fruit and a lot of the ‘unhealthy’ foods I enjoy!
- For the joy of running – I love running. I love being out there on my own and doing my own thing without having to worry about moving too fast or slow. When you run for your own reasons, running can be everything to you.
- To find some sort of meaning in life? – Running makes my life seem complete at the minute. I think moving forward is better than sitting still. Maybe if I ran less and reflected more I’d find some form of inner peace (or more likely I would just find nothing but more time to eat Dorito’s. )
- To prove to myself that I’m capable of doing things that I once thought impossible – Running a marathon is only the start of it. Once I’m comfortable with running marathons I will progress onto ultra marathons. The fact is that I keep pushing back the border between what I perceive to be possible and impossible. I’m not gonna fucking stop now.
- I run to hate the general public (but in a fun way) – There are occasions where I’ll run and take great joy in heating someone’s face just because I can. The feral part of me will want to growl at them like a dog, just for having the gall to exist. It is great fun surveying all of the Broken Belfast Beauties that this place has to offer. Especially the ones who look like they’re developing ingrown heads. God bless all of them.
- Running to get high – Running is a real high as it’s natural and comes with little to no lows. Sure your body might ache afterwards, but as your body becomes stronger this has less of an impact. Alcohol and other drugs have nothing on it. Running is something that’s really worth becoming addicted to, as the more I do it, the healthier and ‘happier’ I become.
- To discover new places – When I was heavily overweight I knew I was becoming ever more confined to my house. Walking was such a struggle that I dreaded leaving the house in case someone recognized I was sweating in public. Now as a runner I’m outside a lot more and can discover new places without having a car.
- To get a tan in the summer months – I hate sunbathing so running offers the only opportunity for me to get a tan. I’ve renamed my long runs this season to “tanning runs” with the goal being to stay out there for as long as possible. It helps take my mind off the repetitive act of putting one foot into the other.
- Running to maintain my weight easily – When I first began my weight loss crusade it was difficult to do any sort of exercise due to my size. Now I’m at the stage where if I keep on running, I’ve got an easy way to ensure my weight doesn’t increase above the dreaded 210lbs mark. If I were to stop running, then it wouldn’t be so easy to manage this and my weight could spiral out of control.
- Running deadens the bad part of my mind – Everyone has that “inner critic” that picks holes in their character and generally makes their life a living hell. When I run, this ‘voices’ becomes quieter and quieter until I can barely hear it.
- Running Indulges my sense of adventure – There’s nothing like running in a completely new area to invigorate both your mind and your body. The element of danger adds to the appeal.
- It’s handy for getting rid of hangovers – Saturday & Sunday mornings in the past were often fraught affairs for me where I’d consider what a bad person I was and how my life wasn’t gonna end well. Now I can blast away emotional hangovers with slow, easy runs, in which I focus on staying on my feet for as long as possible. By the time I’m finished the hangover will have disappeared altogether.
- Excellent outlet for my anger – Instead of bottling up the frustrations I experience on a daily basis, running allows me to gently vent out the inner tension. If I didn’t have running as an outlet I’d be back to my old passive aggressive self and only venting with alcohol, which isn’t a healthy way for anyone to live.
- Running to get away from other people – Sometimes you get tired of people and their silly bullshit and just need time to relax in your own mind. Without the solitude I wouldn’t have the patience to handle human interaction nearly as well as I do now.
- I run to convince myself that I’m becoming a better person – The illusion satisfies my clawing mind. The truth is that running has probably made me narcissistic to a fault and impatient too. The extra energy I have makes everyday activities like queuing at the store a complete nightmare. I have to talk myself down from bodychecking slow coaches at the checkout.
So the big question is, why do you run? Leave a comment after this beep.