I was excited when I read this week’s Friday Five theme because I love race signs – making them, giggling at the silly ones, and spotting them during my first half. What’s not to love about things that cheer people on?!
I saw, “Pain is temporary. Posting on Instagram is forever.” on social media before I went to cheer my best friend Emily at the 2014 NYC Marathon. It hit the perfect level of silliness I wanted.
Run faster! We have brunch reservations. I spotted this one at the Navy Air Force Half Marathon, and it was perfect in a city that loves brunch as much as DC does. I also had my own brunch reservations to get to that day 😉
Remember: you paid to do this! For the moments that really hurt, or are particularly hard, you can laugh, shake your head, and remember you wanted to do this so much you paid money to be there!
Run like someone just called you a jogger. Not everyone feels that jogger is a bad word, but I’m not a fan, and that would make me run!
And when in doubt, a “You run better than the government,” sign will always get a laugh in DC.
For today’s Friday Five, I’m sharing five things that I love about being a runner. From materialistic reasons to silly ones, they’re all true.
The gear. I am easily persuaded to workout with a new outfit, but running also opened the flood for reflective or compression gear, Yaktrax, Garmins, wireless headphones, hand held water bottles – the works. The list goes on. Honestly, I could get excited for the shoes and running clothes alone.
The excuse to get outside. It’s amazing how much more I’ve learned to appreciate a beautiful, leafy trail or a sunrise when it’s keeping me company on a run. I get to enjoy parts of my day outdoors in a way I don’t when I’m simply walking from point A to point B.
The excuse to explore. Realizing I loved running inspired me to find and rediscover other things that got me outdoors too. I’ve also been able to use running to explore new cities. This spring, Alex and I ran in Rome, London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Munich. It was one of my favorite parts of our trip.
Setting and meeting new goals. They’ve change from finishing one mile to running for over two hours, but each has involved working toward something day-in and day-out and soaking it in when it’s been met.
The community. Mainly because who else are you going to talk to about running all the time?! They also understand all of these Ryan Gosling runner memes like no one else.
Alternatively, five things I don’t love? Waking up early (still), convincing myself to do the extras when I really don’t want to, getting injured, the occasional blisters and starting from square one after a running break.