I’m sitting here relaxing before the Portland Marathon tomorrow. Walking through the race expo, it occurred to me just how much I love running, and how lucky I am to have discovered that. Many of the 12,000 other runners tomorrow will be doing their first marathon. Many is seems didn’t discover running until later in life.
I really stumbled upon running in high school and kept at it ever since with a few years break. I don’t think there is any bad time to start, even if you think you are getting too old. I can’t imagine going my whole life without having run – though this is the case for most humans nowadays.
If you aren’t a runner….or have taken a break from running….here are some of the reasons why I think you should start running now. Not next month or next year, but right now.
I’ll keep the list at 26, one for each mile I’ll be running tomorrow.
- Our bodies were truly born to run
- It feels good
- Running produces more beta-endorphines (natural pain killers) than any other activity
- You will lose weight
- Running (with proper form) has been shown to strengthen joints (not break them down!)
- Its cheap transportation
- It’s social (find a running buddy or club!)
- Races are fun (start with a 5K…and build from there)
- You don’t need any new gear (the old sneakers in your closet will work fine, or go barefoot in a park)
- You’ll get more vitamin D by being outdoors in natural light
- You can listen to audio-books or music while doing it (I prefer to just run quietly though)
- Exploring trails is a fun thing to do on the weekends
- You get to expand your wardrobe with all kinds of new clothing and gear!
- Enjoy your desserts guilt-free (you’ll earn those cookies!)
- Keep track of progress, set goals, and beat them! (race time, miles in a week, etc.)
- You’ll have a whole new appreciation for track and field athletes during next year’s summer Olympics!
- If you have a dog, he or she will get more exercise!
- Use a social network like Runkeeper or Nike+ to share and challenge friends to runs and stay motivated
- You’ll be better at any other sport you do
- It’s moving meditation, and meditation is a powerful daily habit
- You’ll accumulate all kinds of cool schwag from races you’ll compete in over the years
- Your legs will get wicked strong (run hills!)
- Stuck fluid and toxins will get filtered out of your body more rapidly – leaving you clean on the inside
- Sweating often is healthy, it cleanses the skin, your body’s largest organ
- It’s better than coffee at waking you up in the morning
- A wise man once said “there is no better time than the present”…you should trust wise men!