tuesdays on the run: stuff i love about running

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For the past few years, my traditional February 14th gift has been an entry to the Space Coast Half Marathon. 2017’s event will be the fifth and final year of the Big Bang Series (I get the Atlantis AND the Intergalactic Finisher medals!), so Mr PugRunner will be thrilled to know it’s time to look for a new race to gift ūüôā

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I’ll be joining up with¬†My No-Guilt Life,¬†Marcia’s Healthy Slice¬†and¬†MCM Mama Runs¬†for “Tuesdays on The Run”!

Tuesdays on the Run

Today’s topic is in honor of Valentine’s Day:

So, this running thing. It’s hard, and it hurts. It demands dedication and sweat, and has been known to cause heartbreak.

What’s to love?

I’m going to tell you.

The endorphins.

There is a feeling after you run: the high¬†of all those neurotransmitters firing like crazy, filling you with a general, indescribable … bliss? ¬†There’s really nothing like it, and it’s a rewarding way to end a run session, no question. No matter how awful the miles seemed¬†at the time, I am 99.99% sure no one has ever actually regretted a run, and I chalk that up to the great way you feel after a workout.

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The realization you can do something you never thought you could.

I was pretty sure I would never run farther than a mile. Even when I registered for my first half marathon, I was pretty positive there was no way I could finish. I struggled hard during the marathon distance, but I crossed that finish line on my feet. Who knew??? While I don’t know that another marathon is in the cards for me, I love the idea of a 30K, and maybe some more Ragnar events. Because now I know I can.

The adventure.

Running has opened so many doors for me.¬†I’ve met incredible people, gone to beautiful places, and tried some really cool things. Had I not started running, I feel like I would have missed out on so much.

The confidence.

Running has given me an incredible gift: confidence. First, it was the confidence to wear shorts in public. Then it was the confidence to run in the daylight. And it’s evolved from there, growing into the confidence to do hard things. Things like SUP. And rock climbing. And even aerial work.

A few years ago, these aren’t things I would have even attempted. Now, I’m eager to see how I can challenge myself next!

The community.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. I have made the most amazing friends through running. People who are supportive and encouraging. People who get up at the crack of dawn to help you through rough miles, and¬†cheer for you at the finish line. People who talk you through your anxieties and offer advice. People who believe in you and want you to succeed.

I have so honored to have made¬†friends in other cities, states and even countries. The connections are truly incredible. I never knew anything like this running community existed and it’s something to which I always want to be a contributing member.

What’s some stuff you love about running?

What’s your favorite Valentine’s gift?

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10 Responses to tuesdays on the run: stuff i love about running

  1. You nailed it–everything I love about running, right here.

    My favorite VD gift? My hubs cooking an amazing dinner. Which he did tonight…
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Running, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Share 9 Ways that You May Not Have ConsideredMy Profile

  2. Teresa says:

    Yep…there is no better “high” than that feeling you get as soon as you complete a run …especially a hard run! Non-runners will never get it. Heck, I didn’t get it either …until I ran my first mile without stopping many years ago. Then I was hooked! ūüôā

  3. Yes to all of this! And what an awesome VD gift. I keep telling my husband massage certificates would be awesome . . . he did do it once, which is how I found the place I go to.
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…All the miles . . .My Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      I’ve reached a point where I’d rather have practical or “experience” gifts than actual tangible presents. It is probably a little more challenging for those getting me the gifts, but I appreciate them so much more.

  4. All of these things! Except I don’t think I’ve ever experienced the runners high. That said, there is no feeling in the world like crossing the finish line at your first half marathon. (Maybe your first marathon? I dunno, no interest in finding out there!)
    Stacie Seidman recently posted…What’s Up WednesdayMy Profile

  5. Yes, that is exactly what I love about running, and what a fabulous Valentine’s gift

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