Hello divas! I hope that you are having a fabulous week so far. Mine has been pretty good. I started physical therapy this week so it has been nice to start working on my strength and conditioning to get back to where I want to be after my foot injury.
One thing that I was thrilled about over the past week is my return to walking. While this may not seem like much, it means that I am slowly working my way back to my running and am hoping to be back doing races in late spring.
But after so much time off, I feel like I’m almost back at the beginning of learning how to run. So I thought I would share some running tips and reasons to start running again and why you should consider taking up running as well.
If you are a regular reader to this blog, you know I love to run (well run-walk anyway). It has been a fabulous experience since 2012 that I have been doing it. I sometimes find it hard to get motivated to get out the door, but when I do, I am reminded why running is so great.
1. You Get to Play Dress up (If You Like)
I will be honest. I am a girl through and through. I love the cute running clothes. Skirts, pants, fun tops, you name it. I love any excuse to wear a tutu or a fun skirt and smile for the camera. But I especially the shoes. Oh the shoes. They are so cute and I love nothing more than having to to shoe shopping.
2. It is Great Exercise
Running is a great form of exercise. It doesn’t take too much time on the road or treadmill to burn calories. It is a great way to improve your overall health by improving your heart and lung function. It is great for your mental health as well as it reduces stress and can even help with depression.
3. Oh the Places You Can Go
I love the places that running has allowed me to visit. If you ever need an excuse to travel, running can help. Pick a race and plan a mini-vacation around it. I mean I have been to both mouses (Disney World and Disneyland), Vegas and several races closer by in Atlanta and Nashville.
I have run through football and baseball stadiums, down the Vegas strip at night, a Civil War battlefield, through Churchill Downs, by the Arch and my alma mater. I have been to some of my favorite cities like Savannah, GA, Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, Las Vegas. I have run in 9 different states (half marathons in 8 of them). You just never know where running will take you.
4. You Get to Meet New People
Runners are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. And running gives you a chance to meet ALOT of people. We love to chat and are always willing to help out fellow runners along the way. I mean if you are waiting to start a race, you might as well strike up a conversation with the runners around you. You never know who you might see.
5. And Don’t Forget the Bling
Ah. The bling. While I get a lot more than medals out of running, the bling at the end of a long race is icing on the cake. It reminds me of what I went through to complete a race (usually a long one) and how good I felt when it was done.