Step By Step; 3 Reasons to Run 

Posted on October 26, 2014

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By: Cayce Sweat

bg_runnerAs a competitive runner, I am rather used to hearing the words: “You must be crazy.” To some extent, I can see where these comments come from; running eight miles at 5:30 in the morning regularly is not exactly at the top of most people’s to do list. However, I am going to give you my top three reasons on why anyone and everyone has the ability to make a healthy habit out of running. However, before we begin, my first question to anyone reading is this; have you ever run simply for the joy of it? If your answer is no, then I hope that this list helps prove to you why running is more beneficial than, well, dreadful.

The first reason why running is a great habit to start is simply because you can do it anywhere. All you need is a solid pair of running shoes (this is crucial) and a new trail to tear up. Whether you’re at home, at school, or out of town, be adventurous and get out there! Sometimes we forget how beautiful nature is, especially during this time of year, so let the new sights distract you while you get a solid workout in.

For those of you who feel like life is just too crazy for both working out and hanging out with friends, this second point is a must-read for you. Next time you are planning to workout, go ahead and call a buddy. Believe it or not, running can be a way to socialize with your friends. The hardest part of running is first starting, but remember that it’s okay because running is difficult to get used to. Not only does running with a friend or two make it fun, but it also distracts you from staring at your watch every other minute. Any competitive runner can vouch that Sunday long runs would be slightly impossible without conversations with your teammates.   

Finally, running can be easy to love if you take a moment to forget about the sweat and fatigue, and instead think about how great you are being to your body. I know this can be tough after a killer run, but you’re not just cutting some calories here, I promise. Believe it or not, running is one of the best forms of therapy both mentally and emotionally. As a sophomore in college, I can promise that there is nothing better than blasting music and hitting the pavement after a busy day. This is because the endorphins released during a run are able to naturally relieve your stress, which means you can hit the library, a job, or your daily routine with some long-lost positivity.

If you’re feeling the inspiration to go for a Thanksgiving Day jog, then now is the time to sign up for Memphis’ 2014 Turkey Trot! This race is the perfect starting point because it is only four miles of running or walking. For those of you who would rather not run the entire race, don’t opt out just yet because there is The Turkey Leg relay as well. This involves doing only half of the race, and all you have to do is bring a partner on race day. In order to register, simply visit memphisturkeytrot.racesonline.com, and click the register tab.

There are so many benefits associated with running, especially in Memphis as the weather turns cooler, the leaves begin to fall, and the holiday season begins. (It’s a great way to run off all those holiday dishes and desserts!) So, don’t be afraid to get involved in Memphis races, get together with the community, and lastly, run!

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