Welcome to this week’s Fit Friday Five! This week’s topic is five things to love about running!
Oh, my just five? I LOVE running. I could write an entire book on this topic. I think. It’d be a babbly book, but whatevs. Alright here are my best five. Some are funny, and some are serious, but first, let me thank our hosts. This was such a fun topic! Fit Five Friday Link-Up with Darlene, Michelle, Renée, Jenn, and Zenaida.
Five Things to ❤️Love❤️ About Running
ONE ~ You will have an amazing t-shirt collection!
I wear race t-shirts more than anything else. I really should go count them. I’m not honestly sure how many I have. I have long sleeve. I have short sleeve. I have pink shirts. I have blue shirts. I have yellow shirts. I have black shirts. My favorites are probably my t-shirts from the Petite Indoor Marathon. I also like my Charlevoix marathon t-shirts and this hot pink t-shirt from the Wildlife Marathon that has since been canceled. I have others that I wear, but those are some of my favorites.
There’s no way I could picture all of my race t-shirts, but here’s a picture of my favorites, that I could find, that weren’t in the laundry 🤣.
TWO ~ You’ll know how to dress for the apocalypse!
I swear I can dress for anything, hot, cold, snowmeggedon. I got it! I have battery-powered heated gloves because I’m a baby. Well, I have Raynaud’s disease and cold-induced hives. So, I truly don’t tolerate cold well, but you can still prepare for it. I have beanies. I have winter tights. I have jackets for all occasions. I have sports bras and shorts for the death of summer. I have a hydration pack. Most importantly I have Body Glide! You name it, I’m prepared.
THREE ~ Alone time!
I know most runners like to run with their friends. I do, do that, but I love my alone time. I love hitting the trails, and running by myself, all alone. I need that decompression time. It’s how I clear my head. I love the peace and quiet. It’s one of the few times my brain shuts down. My brain is almost always ticking and I have a hard time resting my brain. Running by myself takes care of that need.
FOUR ~ Running Improves your health.
Running improves your health, sleep, and mood. I mostly run for health reasons now. It is my go-to ADHD med and antidepressant. I am not the same when I don’t run. I was actually working on something for my blog on the health benefits of running. So, I’ve researched quite a few. Studies show hands down, you’re less likely to die if you’re a runner. It reduces your risk of cancer and it promotes brain function and brain plasticity.
FIVE ~ Running burns a ton of calories.
I think plenty of runners will admit that they occasionally run because they like to eat! I have a love/hate relationship with this. When I’m in the dead of marathon training, I don’t actually love this. I have a hard time eating enough calories and I feel like I’m starving all the time. Of course, there are plenty of other days that I really appreciate the calorie burn.