1. The scenery. And I don't just mean the scenery... that's nice, too, of course. But it's a lot easier mentally to get passed by someone when they look like this (and you get to keep watching them while they run off.)
|Of course, it's also easy mentally to get passed by Dean Karnazes|
being that he's a machine. (One that's very nice to look at.)
2. The zen. We've all gone on a run while angry, sad, frustrated or upset and come back feeling better. Sometimes that's because we were able to think everything through and discovered a solution. Sometimes we merely ran so hard that we're too tired to be upset anymore. But something about the act of running usually makes it better.
|Running in a friend at her 1st half-marathon|
5. The street cred. Let's throw humility out the window for a minute. We've all had a day when you mentioned your recent fast 5k or 20 mile long run and people are genuinely impressed, regardless of your time or how many water stops you made. Often we write it off. It's easy to think about how much more we want to improve or what went wrong. Yet you gotta admit that it feels pretty good. I do get out there and run more than the average American can run. And I am proud.
|Note: This is the only definition from Urban Dictionary that really|
applies in this case. The others are merely hilarious.
What gets you out there and why do you keep running?