National Running Day!
If you weren’t aware of this, today is National Running Day! How exciting! Check out this silly video from The Mamma Mary Show as well as 101 reasons why you should pick up this amazing habit!
If you think that runners are crazy, think again! Here are 101 reasons* why YOU should lace up your shoes and hit the pavement. Enjoy!
- Fire yourself up with excitement and anticipation
Once you get the guts to register for a race and see it bright on your calendar, you will have an exciting adventure to look forward to. Yes, you might feel a little anxious which is perfectly normal but the rush and anticipation of the experience will make you ecstatic!
- Let go of negative emotions
No matter how frustrated or angry you may be, a few miles run is all you need to kiss these unhealthy emotions goodbye! It’s a no-fail recipe. Take my word for it.
- It’s a great topic to share
Your friends will be impressed when you brag about spending your weekend running while they fatten up at BBQ’s. Compare that to saying: “nothing special! Just another damn weekend!”
- Soar high with runner’s high
Runner’s high refers to the “high” sensation you experience as a result of releasing endorphins into your system after running few miles. The exact number of miles varies between runners but a 5-mile run seems to be the most popular number
- Don’t you love toned legs?
I don’t need to tell you that running is a great legs toning exercise. So, if you take your running to the next level and trained for a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or Full Marathon, in no time you will be boasting your toned muscles on the beach.
- Eliminate “I can’t” from your dictionary
Running is no smooth sailing. You will have bad days and good days, but what is important is that you stick with it and push through the bad days and keep your eye on the good days ahead! So, if you managed to pull it off, nothing will ever seem impossible…Remember, its not “can I”….its “will I”!
- Boost your self-confidence
An overdose of self-confidence comes in handy with any running event!
- Dare to dream big…
Join a running club of those who master the art of self-discipline.
- Lose your weight and gain your life
Nothing could help you shed these nagging few extra pounds than rigorously training for a a race
- Enjoy looking at the mirror
Instead of saying: “who is this ginormous elephant wearing my pyjamas?!” your mirror could proudly say:” who is this well-rounded athlete?” If you prefer the second sentence, you know what to do: RUN!
- “Waaw” the crowd
Race day is your time to shine as the cheering and yelling of your loyal fans will work wonders in lifting your spirit.
- Rationality and Running don’t rhyme!
Being so reasonable and rational can be utterly boring sometimes. Set yourself free and run like the wind!
- The older, the better…
Unlike 99.99% of sports, running improves with age in accordance with the increase in base mileage. Wouldn’t you feel great if you run at 50 better than you used to at 30?! (Heck, I’ve been passed in dozens of races by people older than my grandma – True story from eHT)
- The joy of true accomplishment
Running feels like taking quantum leap steps at a time. Do it once and brag about it forever! (do THAT race once…not run once!)
- Inspirational experience
A race in essence manifests our unity as human beings. You see people with special needs alongside seasoned athletes running together as a symbol of the invincible human spirit. So, if you want to become deeply touched, moved, and inspired, run.
- Meet fellow “runners”
Let’s say you are in a social event and suddenly the running hot topic was brought up only to discover that the person you are talking to is fellow runner. An instant bond will be formed between the two of you and it will feel great. You can now talk about training tactics, routes, and much more without the other person falling asleep or thinking your a self-absorbed prick!
- Longer happier life
Proven facts speak for themselves: runners live longer, happier and healthier than couch potatoes. Join the club!
- Rediscover yourself
Nothing matches running a race in unleashing your true potentials. Finally, you will clearly see what are you made of and how, when given the chance, you can work miracles.
- The most guilt-free dinner all time: the after-race dinner
Now it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the fruit of your labor. Nothing is more enjoyable than sharing your deeply cherished race moments with fellow runners; while devouring the dinner table guilt-free! Yummy…isn’t victory scrumptious?
The word runner translates in the wellness dictionary as follows: sleep effortlessly, wakeup passionately, and live happily ever after.
- Explore a new city!
Instead of the conventional site seeing tourism, how about exploring Paris, New York, London, you name it, by running through its streets?!
- Make history
Marathons races are deeply rooted in many ancient civilizations history, including the Greek and Egyptian civilizations. So, if you run a marathon, you will be following the tracks of your ancestors and reliving a long-lived tradition. How cool is that!?
- Get your “finisher” medal.
Out of all the awards you received in your life, the finisher medal (which you will get at anything around a 10K and up) will be the one you want to keep around your neck forever.
- Be the pride and joy of your family
The proud look on the faces of your loved ones after finishing a race will melt away all the sacrifices you have made along the way.
- Get the runner “chin”
Running seems to be the only way to build up the muscle on front of your chin, creating a sharp edge along your chin bone. This neat muscle is the signature of a runner. Make sure to get one !
- Kick off your adventure
With all the hard work, the adrenaline, the rush, the anticipation, the excitement, finally the race will start and you will kick off your adventure!
- A replica of life
Think about it! A Race is just a replica of life with its ups and downs, uncertainties, dreams and aspirations. So, if you can tackle a race, congrats! You have mastered the art of living.
- Tears of joy
The tears of joy and pride after reaching the finish line sure taste great.
- The Queen of England passion for marathons (true story) .
Did you know that the Queen of England is behind changing the marathon distance from 25 miles to 26.2 miles?! It all started when her majesty was so eager to watch the marathon finishers from the Royal Palace which resulted in extending its distance. In tribute of this incident, it is very common to hear marathon runners singing “God save the Queen”.
- Puff Daddy, Oprah and George Bush did it!
Yes, both George Bush and Puff Daddy are marathoners! It feels so weird to have these names in one sentence but hey, they did it! Wouldn’t you?!
- Think of all the French toast and cheesecake you can devour…
With all the heavy training involved in distance running, you will burn a whole lot of calories effortlessly and enjoy all your favorite foods guilt-free!
- Crossing the finish line
Experience the special exhilaration that only runners get to enjoy
- Getting a well-deserved sway bag
Freebies are always great, especially when you’ve ran a race just to get them!
- Finally, all that hard work pays off
The beauty of running that it gives you concrete evidence that your training was effective
- Become a star
Ever noticed the amount of photographs that are taken of the beloved runners? Just don’t forget to say cheese-you’ll get those pics emailed to you with the photographer begging you to buy them in a few days…chances are you wont want to because though you were probably having fun you’ll look like you’re dying, but thats ok!
- The beer truck at the finish line
Enough said! Not all races have this, but many do, which makes the finish line an awesome after party!!
- Make a meaningful contribution: donate to your favorite charity
Did you know you could get sponsored for running a race? We will cover that in an exclusive interview soon
- Rejuvenate your soul
The collective energy of race running can hardly be found in any other sporting event. It will rejuvenate your soul .
- Because it’s quicker than walking?
- Amaze others
Simply because you can!
- Enjoy running in the middle of the streets
A lot of city runners go along big streets that usually are packed with traffic. Thanks to races, they are now “reserved” for your feet!
- Run your Personal Record
Each race try to break your personal record.
What’s wrong with aiming high? Winning doesn’t always mean coming in first place either!! It could mean your age group, beating your PR, or even finishing a race longer than any one you’ve ever done before!
- You can scratch something off of your bucket list
Now you’ll be able to kick the bucket in peace, knowing that you have overcome something most people won’t even consider trying
- Looks great on your resumé!
Which potential boss won’t be impressed with “Marathon running” listed under your hobbies? It’s the epic of determination and endurance!
- Oprah did it!
If she can do it, you can too! Just don’t be sad if you don’t beat her 4hour 30 minute finish time…if you had a team of trainers surrounding you in the months leading up to a marathon as well as AT a marathon, you’d kick ass too!
- What does not kill you makes you stronger
Training only means pushing yourself far away from your comfort zone which is quite an accomplishment if you can see it this way.
- You’ll be in the best shape of your life
Training for races will improve your overall fitness in quantum leaps
- A great preparation for an ultra-marathon
Did you really think it would be over after those miles/km’s? Come on!
- You’ll have something to brag about
And no one will be annoyed about it (unless of course you do it 15 times a day!)
- Show the world that marathoning is non-fiction!
Even for those who haven’t run since the eighth grade gym class might give it a shout when you take the initiative. Go for it! Be a role model.
- Use it to quit smoking
Many stop-smoking programs incorporate running to help combat the anxiety and even withdrawal symptoms.
- Playing the song “Chariots of Fire” while you run your last mile/km
Bring me my bow of burning gold:
Bring me my arrows of desire:
Bring me my spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
- Have a laugh and cross the finish line running backwards!
Yup, now it’s time to act silly while the whole world claps for you!
- Do it for the men/ladies
Everyone loves a firm butt
- Meet new and interesting people
People who are crazy enough to run on a regular basis, just like you are definitely great to know! Where else could you ever find them?!
- Finally put a decent distance in your running log
Oh yeah! You did it. I would say put this historical achievement in a beautiful frame beside your bed.
- Because it’s a really good excuse to buy new clothes
See all the guilt-free fun that comes in handy with running? Shopping and food are just the beginning!
- Why should the Kenyans have all the fun?
This is the only situation I could think of where jealousy is healthy!
- Because toenails are for sissies
Now you can’t argue with me on that one!
- So for the rest of your life you can start whatever story you want with “Well, when I ran my first Marathon…I wouldn’t think of a more compelling story line.
- For the free drinks along the way
Freebies, freebies, and more freebies…Be careful! You might drown in the race’s avalanche of freebies
- To get that “26.2″ tattoo, “13.1” tattoo, or even the “winged foot” tattoo!
- To be a small part of a big legend
Or a giant piece of a beautiful puzzle
- Because 20 years from now, you’ll be shocked you were ever in such good shape
In fact, 20 years from now you will be in good shape thanks to running!
- It’s better than a poke in the eye!
Again, I double dare you to argue with that!
- There is only one person you’re truly accountable to: yourself
Isn’t that personal development in action?
- It puts things in perspective
Run even one marathon in your entire life and I promise you will never see life the same way ever again!
- To save yourself from the growing obesity epidemic
Don’t go with the flow fall prey to the obesity epidemic! “Rebel” and run and then run some more.
- Experience the emotion of giving your all to yourself
Give yourself a well-deserved gift: run a race!
- Conquer your laziness
Now that you ran this race, I guarantee you’ll be amped to sign up for another one! Your couch potato days are over
- A great way to kill time
If you have a lot of time to spare, train for a marathon (or any race for that matter)!
- Ask the right questions
Instead of saying: “When will I ever get out off this rat race?!”, say: “How can I finish this race?”
- Jump in!
Running is a daring adventure and a joyful ride. Jump in!
- Bond with your friends
Run with your best friends and make new ones along the way – take it from someone who knows, chatting it up really takes your mind off all the miles you’re putting on your shoes!!
- You will be happy you did!
Nothing brings more happiness than a great sense of accomplishment. Run your way to happiness.
- A care-free experience
Running will set you free from all the unbearable formalities of the society.
- A good reason to throw a party!
Even better, your folks might throw you a surprise party for finishing the race!
- A wonderful icebreaker!
When asked to introduce yourself in a social setting, your marathon accomplishment will be great to share.
- A good reason to escape a nagging spouse!
Let me put it gently and say that when you are putting long hours of marathon/race training, your spouse will miss you!
- Become invincible
If you can pull off one marathon, nothing will ever feel hard to achieve
- Break some conventional rules (1)!
When you run a marathon, you no longer need to dress for success!
- Break some conventional rules (2)!
If you are a single woman running a marathon, instead of singing “It’s Raining Men! Hallelujah!”, you can change it to “It’s Raining FUN! Hallelujah!”
- Boost your “WaaWooMeter”
You will hear the word “waaw” quite often once you join the elite marathoners club.
- Compete with Tom Cruise!
Be the lead actor/actress in the new hit movie: “Mission Possible”. How? I can’t believe you are still asking! RUN , RUN, RUN!
- There can be miracles when you believe…
There can be miracles when you believe
Running is one thing YOU can achieve! And ONLY you can do it! There is no shortcut! (Whitney Huston should be impressed!)
- Would you prefer to sky dive instead?!
“Running maybe tough but it is certainly not deadly”: the last words uttered by a sky diver thanks to his stubborn parachute!
- It is better than “running” for president
No huge election campaigns here my dear! When you run for yourself, you become the president of your own territory.
- Run faster than mice!
After running your first race, you will no longer struggle to catch that sneaky mouse!
- Teach yourself the meaning of “tough love”
Running is tough self-love in action
- Now you can run fast when you meet your boss in the street!
He’s a pain in the you know what at work! Thanks to running, you no longer have to put up with him in the street as well!
- Walk the talk! Or should I say “run” the talk?
You keep telling your loved ones to step up and take massive action in their lives but you still didn’t run a marathon! Don’t even bother!
- When you climb the ladder of success…
When you climb the ladder of success, running will boost your progress
- No need for expensive gym…
Save the expensive gym membership and take the race’s “free ride”.
- No regrets
Some things you remember and some things you forget
Running will be the one thing you will never regret (can you spot a gifted poet in the making?!) The only run you WILL regret every time is the one you skipped!
- You can always brag that you have already gone that “extra mile”
- Better than winning an Oscar
Sometimes people question the objectivity of the Oscar results, but when you race, you will become your own judge
- The best cure for sleep walking
If you sleep walk, running a race is your best cure for a simple reason: you can’t sleep thanks to the cheering crowd!
- Legitimate excuse for showing up late!
They: “Why are you always so late?”
You: “Training for the marathon. I have a lot on my plate!”
They: “Waaw! Good luck” (here comes the WaaWooMeter again!)
- Why? I say why not?!
Why not give it a shot?! Just a food for thought…you can and WILL succeed with the right mindset and training!
- Make it your breakthrough
How about seeing your running experience as a symbol of major breakthroughs to come in your life and training for it with this heightened spirit? I bet you will have such a blast.
That’s it boys and girls! So get out there and give it a whirl! You may only get to the end of the block on your first day, but after some persistence, you’ll find yourself going for a “short, easy run” that is 7 miles long! Happy National Running Day!
*This 101 List was largely based off of RunAddicts.net‘s 101 reasons to run a marathon, and is not meant to be viewed as my own personal writing. Since not everyone wants to go from 0-26.2, I “lightened the load” a bit, as well as added in some of my own personal views and comments. Please feel free to refer to RunAddicts.net for the REAL article and TONS of other great running tips and motivation! Cheers!