Sunday, May 21, 2006

Running: Why?

The other night while talking with my Younger Sister, I was trying to explain the mysterious allure of running. "I hate running!" she said. "I used to hate it," I answered. "And now I don't love it, I'm not even sure I like it, but I don't dislike it."
What is this dysfunctional and yet healthy relationship I have with running? Why can't I love it?
I'm not quite sure, but while I was running on Wednesday, I did think of some reasons why I run. I do it, but I don't always enjoy it. Do you see my dilemma? Not all of the reasons are directly related to running, by the way.

  1. Because of the anxious, nervy, (pre-drug?) rush I get while lacing up my shoes.
  2. Because I can buy any song (any!) on I-Tunes, load it on my I-Pod and be listening to it, while I run, just moments later.
  3. Because making Running Playlists makes running that much more fun.
  4. Because of the 1-2-3 punch of my three new songs! ("My Whole Life" Bif Naked;"Soul Meets Body" Death Cab for Cutie; "Pretty Vegas" the new INXS. In that order).
  5. Because "Que Ondo Guero" is fun to run to. (Thanks to Sleepy E for Beck! I love Beck!)
  6. Because running gives me another excuse to buy stuff (new mesh hat: $16; three pair of cushy, cool-max running socks: $23; having new running gear: Priceless).
  7. Because when I finally reach the dark strip of shade on the North side of Liberty Park, I feel an almost pure sense of gratitude.
  8. Because of the smell of lilacs on McClelland.
  9. Because my resting heart rate is 66.
  10. Because, having run, I feel I can do and eat almost anything without guilt.
  11. Because.

5 comments:

Lisa B. said...

I hate running.

But I like you, so I appreciate running a little more.

theorris said...

Want the remixed Guero?

You know how I feel about running.

Sleepy E said...

Running is joint-blastin, spine-wreckin torture. Nothing beats it for cardio, tho...

Dr. Write said...

Yes! I want the remixed Guero. I want all things Beck!

lis said...

I just spent $144 on running shoes and socks--woo hoo!