I started running almost 7 years ago. I’m
22 on July 3, and I ran my very first race the day after my 15th birthday on July 4th.
In those past 7 years of enjoying fitness and coming to love it for the sake of being active and strong and enjoying God’s World, instead of ‘burning calories or being skinny,’ I have always reverted to running as my beloved sport of choice. And I wanted to give you 5 reasons why I love running so much!
1. It’s a cheap sport when you boil it all down. You don’t have to have a $300, $500, $1000 bike to get a workout in. You can buy a $50-$100.00 pair of running shoes, a pair of shorts, and a simple tech tee and go out for your first 2 mile run. Yes, it can become more expensive as you add on races, more running clothes, running fuel, and such, but to simply go on a run really doesn’t cost that much.
2. You can do it anywhere. If you’re in Chicago, it’s a little hard to pack your road bike into your suitcase and fly to Tampa. Squeezing your running shoes into a cranny of your suitcase in favor of another book (hehe) or pair of clothes is easy. It makes the excuse for skipping runs on vacation, a little harder to make, when your shoes are staring out of the suitcase at you.
3. It helps you drink in the sights and appreciate the scenery. If you’re swimming it’s a little hard to swim the whole time with your head out of the water. It’s a very different experience. And when I cycle outside, I spend most of my time hunched over my handlebars, trying to stay on the narrow shoulder that we have on our road, by staring half of the time at the white line and half of the time at the cars coming my way.
4. It’s easy to talk to running companions. When I bike this is how my conversations go, “I was thinking that…” The other person cuts me off and yells, “I can’t HEAR YOU!” I realize that it’s probably not a good idea to carry over a conversation looking over my shoulder, so I keep silence and cycle on.
5. Last, yet NOT least, it is a time I spend alone with the Lord. It’s a way to cycle any anger or frustration or stress I have out into my pounding the road instead of into an angry conversation with one of my friends or family. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t go running when I’m so tightly wound that I’m going to explode. I usually walk and think and pray a bit, and then I go run. 🙂
Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
If you’re a runner why do you like running?
If there is another sport that you love above running what is it and why do you love it?