27 Reasons I love to go Running!

Ok, here are 27 reasons I love to go running…!

Vern running in Thailand

1. It’s a reward for sitting in the house at the computer for 8-10 hours or doing other things I don’t really want to do. Yes, I said REWARD! If you run just enough to make it fun and don’t run when it’s not fun – then it’s always fun – yes?

2. See wildlife! Over the years I’ve seen (Hawaii, Thailand, Florida, Pennsylvania):

  • Large red, white and blue woodpeckers!
  • Centipedes and millipedes and all manners of crawling insects, some of which go “crunch” under my feet accidentally.
  • Lizards that change color, and flying lizards, water monitors (7+ feet), Tokay Geckos (listen to it’s call)
  • Flying insects – some of which get sucked into my mouth and chest if I’m not paying attention to keep my mouth 80% closed!
  • There are these cicada type things in Thailand that make the whole park scream at 6 pm everynight in the Summer. (listen)
  • A large timber rattlesnake crossing the road – it was as thick around as my 15-16 inch neck!
  • Deer, hippos, peacocks, and vultures (I ran through a small zoo regularly in Thailand that was connected to the park!)

3. I saw 38 guys in dresses running through downtown Honolulu onceIt was a run sponsored by the Honolulu Hash House Harriers Hawaii (H5). I can’t remember if I had one on, but if I did it was something dashing, sophisticated yet slutty and with a drastically plunging neckline!

4. Speaking of the Hash House Harriers, once on a run at the top of Tantalus mountain on Oahu I was off the trail and on what I figured to be the correct trail… I was running down a small stream full of rocks… turns out I didn’t have much time to catch myself before flying (literally) over a 700 feet cliff off the edge of the mountain!

5. I know I’m in the top 1% of the general population by running 3-5 times every week. I like doing as many things as possible to be a 1 percenter!

6. I’m 41 and I can still run. When I was 20 I thought 40 was death for all exercise because I didn’t know anyone that was running at that age. I run because I can still do it – and it makes me think that “The Body” hasn’t changed much. I feel like I’m in my teens when I run, especially during one of those “flow runs” where it’s effortless and fast.

7. It gives me a rush when I run. Not only as I’m doing it, but afterwards too. I have this light-headed feeling that lasts for an hour or sometimes more after I’ve finished. I joke that I’m a worthless endorphine addicted junkie for the period of time following my runs. I cannot talk to anyone logically, nor do I feel like talking. I can’t rationalize at all, nor do math of any kind. I’m not creative in the least, and writing after I run is a horrorshow. I’m on some kind of mind-chemical high, and it’s legal and it’s OK!

8. It’s the only time I can have sopping wet pants in public and it’s socially alright. People are OK with that, even in a mall. At least they don’t “say” anything.

9. I can practice “no-mind” or a mind without thought while I run. It’s one of the few physical activities I can do it with. (See other post on Vipassana meditation).

10. I have time to myself. Nobody on the phone. Nobody on chat. No computer to check email, to read blogs, to get frustrated at! It’s one activity that I do alone. I don’t understand running with someone except the Hasher group, which isn’t serious running at all. They call it, “A drinking group with a running problem.”

11. I can be completely alone out in public if I want to. I can run through the woods, up a mountain, or on an old country road. There is such a peace about running where nobody else is.

12. Unexpected experience. I was running around a golf course around midnight as I like to do occasionally, and I heard the most BLOOD-CURDLING scream. It froze me right there like ice. I could not move. I was questioning whether it really happened as it made no sense at all to suddenly hear this piercing scream right in front of me – and there was nothing there. I stood rock solid for more than just a couple minutes. I was looking with my eyes, but I was too afraid to move my head. It was a scream as if a banshee had just escaped from hell right in front of my face. As I had scanned the entire area in front of me and found no reason for it, and was about to doubt my sanity, I started to look upwards a bit. Then a bit more. Then I saw what must have been the noisemakers but to this day I don’t know if they can make this noise… I saw two very large owls on the high-power lines about 30 feet off the street level. They were sitting close to each other and I think facing my direction, but I coudn’t tell because the streetlight gave such glare. Does anyone know, can an OWL make a scream like a demon possessed? I might have to Wiki that.

13. More unexpected ‘adult’ experience. More than once I’ve had women come out on the porch or on their 2nd floor balcony without a top on when I run in the early morning before 7am!

14. Running through the rain when it’s warm reminds me of being a little kid and going out specifically because it IS raining outside, just to play.

15. Running through the rain when it’s cold reminds me of basic training, which wasn’t all THAT bad an experience. I think that’s a one-percenter experience.

16. I love to sweat. In my mind it means I’ve done something positive. I think growing up I heard my parents and friends and friends’ dads say – “Go sweat a little bit, it’s good for you!” I feel good when I start sweating because I’m doing something physical too. Like I’m pushing myself to do something that the body wouldn’t do on it’s own. I’m showing the body that the mind is in control. If it says “RUN!”, the body runs. I like how that works.

17. I can wear my comfy nike socks and running shoes. This might not seem like a big deal to you, but living in Florida, Thailand, and Hawaii flip-flops (slippahs, Hawaiians say) are the standard. No sense wearing hot comfortable running shoes to work and to the mall. But, when I run I can wear the most comfortable shoes I have!

18. I can FARTLEK to my heart’s content. Huh? Yes, you read that right. Fartlek running is a bit like well, running however you want. There are no expectations before you go – except varying the speed of your typical run. You might do some slow running on the street and then move to a track for some sprints, then head out into the woods and back to the track for some steps at the stadium. You might do some short 50 yard sprints in the middle of your run through the woods. You might do some pushes to 95% and see how long you can stand it. You might skip or run backwards sometimes. It’s a German word for “have fun” or something. Ok, I won’t be lazy, I’ll Wiki it for you… Ok, it means, ‘speed play’ in Swedish, not German. And it can be any exercise that, while doing it puts stress mainly on the aerobic system. The intensity of the exercise varies – and is basically up to you. It’s a bouncing between the aerobic and anaerobic systems. I don’t know why it’s called fartlek, but I do enjoy fartlekking all over the place when I run, I’ll tell you that.

19. When I’m in a running program it gives me energy all the time. When I’m not running for a few weeks I feel lazy and tired a lot of the time. Running keep the energy level up.

20. It keeps me in a good mood. I’m consistently more positive than I already am by nature. I might think that I’m my same old self when I’m not in steady running mode. Then, I’ll go out and run and I realize – wow, I was missing something. There’s a definite difference when I compare “Vern not running” vs. “Vern in running mode going every other day”. A marked difference.

21. I love to push myself. Though I run mostly by myself I love to push myself during the run if I’m feeling good. I might crank up the pace and challenge myself to hold that pace until I get to a certain place. That place might be 200 yards ahead if I’m flying, or it might be 2 miles away if I’m running 80-85%+ of maximum rate. I am my own best motivator. There is little that motivates me externally. I’m ruthless with myself at times, pushing myself to run when I don’t want to run. Pushing myself to run faster up hills, never slower. Pushing myself to hold a 2/2 breathing pattern until I need to slow down to make up the oxygen deficit that is being created from the sustained push. It’s fulfilling to do little challenges throughout each run!

22. I run so I can eat a little more of what I like to eat. I love pizza and other bread and pasta products. Because I run I can eat more of these things than maybe the average person with my same metabolism can eat. I will do nearly anything to be able to eat more pizza. In Thailand when I stayed in a small village in the countryside I would drive an hour each way on the motorcycle to go to the next biggest town to get some pizza! It was a must, not an “extra”.

Running path at a park

23. I run because if others see me running, they’ll understand that they can do it too. I wish more people would run. When I go to the main park in any town, especially in Honolulu and I see less than 200 people running around the park at night and maybe another 200 running through all the streets of Honolulu, I don’t feel so good about mankind. Here we are, probably 70% of us have the physical capability to run and 90% have the capability to walk – and yet less than 1% run and less than 5% walk as exercise on a recurring basis. WHY? I want the world to run because then people will be happier, more secure about themselves. They’ll be more confident and happier and I’ll get to interact with a happier and more well-adjusted populace. Put on your running shoes people!

24. It’s a part of my life and who “Vern” is. When I stop for any length of time, I don’t feel like me anymore. I’ve run my whole life, so when I stop – it’s like I’m just not “being me”. It’s like I must do it to keep being me.

25. It erases all stress for the time you’re running. It’s impossible to feel stressed as I’m running. I don’t know why, the endorphines I guess?

26. I run because I can play fantasy games of passing my competition. I visualize passing successful bloggers and others that are having incredible success online. I pass them one by one and yet I always leave some of the top ahead of me so I can get them next time or next time. I like to have someone that I’m shooting for and just not reaching yet. Eventually I pass them all because this is 2007… this is “Year of the Vern”!

27. The best reason for why I run is that it makes me feel powerful and in control of my body and my mind. It gives me confidence and strength and energy and sense of balance. I feel like I’m a much better business person and family and friend person. I feel like I’m being proactive and a go-getter by running when others are sitting on the couch watching television. I feel like I have more patience to deal with others and also with myself. I have a lot of frustration at things that don’t go smoothly. Computers for instance. After I run it gives me a better perspective on life and things aren’t as serious anymore.

Best of Life!

Vern

#28 When I’m in Hawaii the most amazing run is along the ala wai canal at about 9pm with the moon rising over Diamondhead Volcano. Wow.

Why do you run?

Post your reasons in the comments section!

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15 comments on “27 Reasons I love to go Running!
  1. K Stone says:

    Hi Vern, I came upon your blog from one of your comments over at ZenHabits. Your blog is awesome. I was excited to read this post since I just wrote one today on running for beginners.

    Your post here is awesome! I look forward to reading more!

  2. Vern says:

    Thanks K. I wrote an article about beginning to run also…
    Want to Start Running? A plan, complete with mental gymnastics needed to get you started.. Thanks for stopping by, I have a series of running articles posting right now for the next 4 days. Be well! Vern

  3. Jakob says:

    I can absolutely verify and confirm reason #13. Happen to me many times and did put a smile onto my face for the rest of the day. Life’s better when you’re running…

  4. Luana says:

    I love running because through it I can express my feelings and just be proud of who I am and also where I came from. It cleans up my mind and makes me feel literally the “queen of the world”. when I’m running I feel like I myself can build my own future and bond a lifetime relationships. I feel free to do whatever I want to do. Whenever I want and however I want to do so.
    I hope I can keep running when I go to college-Penn State. Fight on,State! Go Lions!

  5. Markus says:

    I’m 39 years old and have been running for 6 months. I started running after I was diagnosed with hypertension. Now I can do a 5K run in 26:02 with a pace of 8:21/mile, and my blood pressure is normal.

    I look and feel better than I’ve ever been in my life, and I can empathize with all 27 of your reasons…..especially reason 23.

  6. RunningInBerkeley says:

    I just started running and was lookin for some inspirational pages about running. Love your 27 reasons! Now I’m more motivated to be in that 1%! Thanks Vern!

  7. lindsey says:

    I’m 52 and love running. My hobby is: running in 10k races and half marathons which award you with a medal for finishing.I like going to european cities for a weekend and run the race there so I see the city too.I’m english but live in Italy so can get to some cities like Paris, prague,London,Freiburg etc.I want to have as many medals as posible for my old-age as each one tells a story and will remind me of that special weekend.

    • Vern says:

      Hi Lindsey, I love hearing about people older than me running in 10k races and more… that’s so cool. In Thailand here we don’t have many and I’m really busy with baby to do anything like train… so I climb a mountain daily – once or twice and that has to suffice. That’s a cool way to see the city… I’ve not been to Europe… maybe someday? Do you ever come to Thailand? Amaaaaaaaaaazing place! Thanks for writing… :)

  8. Ben says:

    I’m 16 and I run because I love the fact that 6 years ago I was the slowest and most out of shape kid in my class. Now I’m running 8 miles and feeling like I can go on.
    MY NUMBER ONE REASON I LOVE RUNNING
    is because I love getting better at it. :D

    • Vern says:

      How cool is THAT Ben? I grew up playing soccer – so I could always run… but then when I graduated from HS I thought – what now? I tried triathlons… I was horrible at the swim… but, after a year I was doing decently and then 2 yrs I was doing great… once we find something we’re good at it’s a motivator to keep going and see how far we can go with it. Sounds like you’re on the way to a lifetime of running if you’ve been going for 6 years already.

      How did you start it? Did your parents make you – or did you just start on your own?

  9. Thank you so very much for posting this. I have no idea what site this is or what it’s about. But I searched yahoo for ” I love running” I found this site and it completely covers every reason why I love to run. Without all the scenery lol I live in Wichita and started running to pass my PT test. Thank you again

  10. melina. says:

    i love running because it makes me feel alive, and not bored and lazy and i love seeing the brids in the morning and its much more pretty :)i also like running because it keeps me in shape for soccer and it just feels great knowing u can still run even after i sprained my ankle and messed up my tendon

  11. Anneli says:

    i love running because i like to feel strong and invincible.. nothing like a long run with a couple added in sprints to make the other people at the gym stare at you like your a crazy person. LOVE IT!

  12. BethRN says:

    I run because it keeps me sane and because it makes me feel strong. As a 120 pound 5’4″ woman, it is not often I get to really, truly feel strong.

  13. Samantha says:

    This is totally inspiring. I’d love to go to Hawaii so much, and I can imagine that running there would be awesome.

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