This morning, while I was out on my run, I was thinking about how I haven't blogged in a week. I'm admittedly stalling on my current project, because the next thing on my list involves a dreaded can of paint, so I figured I'd blog about something else I love! :)
So, here, in no particular order, are five things I love about running:
1. Running Buddies
My #1 running buddy and I cooling down after my first 5K.
(wasn't quite prepared for the Internet to see the disheveled mess I was, haha)
My former college roomie has always been a big runner, and I decided to start running with her after I had gotten a few months into my plan. For awhile, we had a weekly running date, and it was the highlight of many of my weeks. I always run better with a buddy!
2. Post-Run Smoothies
I was never much of a smoothie drinker until my friend, Kristin, got me to try one of hers. Sure enough, I went out and bought some protein powder and am having fun trying smoothies. My current favorite is the Cereal and Berry Shake from Trainer Momma. At first, it sounded a little weird, but I tried it, and I'm hooked! I definitely spent a good chunk of my run this morning thinking about the smoothie I was going to make when I got home. :)
3. Saying "Good morning" to people on the trails
I wish I had a picture of the adorable little girl riding her bike with her family this morning and her super enthusiastic wave after I said good morning. That moment definitely kept me going for the next couple of minutes.
4. When my mom asks me how my run was and I get to gush about it
Me, my mom, and Ashley at a wedding...obviously not running related.
A lot of times on weekends, my mom will say "How far'd you go today?" It's fun to share my excitement with someone else, especially on days when I had a good run.
5. Proving to myself that I can do something I never thought I could
Finishing my first 5K and beating my goal time by 21 seconds!
For me, running is incredibly rewarding, because I have proven to myself that I am stronger than I ever thought I was. Just as this post started, two years ago, I would have never believed you if you had told me I would run a 5K (or three by now). Running was just something that was too big of a challenge. Now, I work to constantly compete with myself and prove to myself I can do new things. In a weird way, running has gotten me through some of the most difficult things I have been through, because it has given me a new kind of confidence I never had before. No wonder I'm hooked!
Well, now that I have spent my morning running and blogging about it, I should probably shower.
Any runners out there? What do YOU love about running?
Have a great Sunday!