Running is often met with a great deal of groaning, moaning, complaining. People don’t like it! It seems repetitive, tiring and loooong. When I discuss running I’m often told that people would rather do something more fun with their time, that exercise shouldn’t be a chore. And I whole heartedly agree. Exercise should be fun! But running is fun, we’re all just looking at it wrong.
The other day I was thinking about all the times we run (or could run) and not think of it. When it’s an asset and a not chore. I thought I would list them to see if I can’t shed some of the running’s bad rap.
Running from the bedroom to the bathroom when you’re naked.
Running after your kids.
Running away from your kids.
Running down a long corridor in a hotel while semi-intoxicated.
Running to the loo.
Running to shelter whenever it rains.
Running to get that thing you forgot when you’re next at the check-out.
Running because you’re scared.
Running because you’re giddy. (Is this just me???)
Running after a bus, train, taxi, that friend who promised you a lift!
Running into the sea because walking is just not an option at that temperature. Hello Ireland!
Running after your dog when he’s spotted the local cat.
Running after your dog when he’s noticed someone eating.
Running after your dog because he’s found a herd of deer.
Running out to the car to give your husband his lunch when he’s leaving in the morning.
Running to work yourself because you’re late (again!)
Running to get shotgun (of a car) because let’s face it, nobody abides by the laws of shotgun.
Running to stop your nephew getting hit by a swing.
Running to win your league’s rounders tournament.
Running to de-stress.
Running to get the last seat.
Running to your family at the airport because you missed them soooooo much.
Running down hills because it’s super easy.
Running on flat surfaces and feeling like a plane taking off (seriously, still only me???)
Running so fast you feel like you are going to keel over.
Running when you’ve gotten in trouble.
I am sure there are many more instance where running is beneficial and, what more, lovely. If possible, it’s something that should be embraced. It can be hard when you are pushing yourself but remember, exercise isn’t always about pushing yourself. It’s also about living your life, getting things done, feeling free and de-stressing.
So enjoy you’re run, even it’s just to the the loo.