A few months ago, I was meandering around the site of the Breast Cancer 3-day. It seemed like such a great cause. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor. I worry about my mom and my aunts. I would love to see an end to breast cancer in my lifetime. Particularly before my girls get much older. It’s personal to me.
My problem is I have never liked running. It seems like a such colossal waste of brain time. My brain is bored in 2.5 seconds. Kind of like being stuck in traffic, except I can’t read while I run. Then there are the shin splits. Ever since high school gymnastics I started getting shin splits and, as I recall, those things were damn painful.
I have been on the sidelines cheering Karen on in her endeavors and it has inspired me. My inspiration was not to run, but to find some kind of exercise program that fit into my life (i.e., free and not too time consuming). Then my dear friend Allisone over at Deserved Indulgence posted about The Couch-to-5K Running Plan and it got me to thinking again. I spend too much time on the couch. I know this. You see, my brain needs constant feeding. On the couch I can watch TV, laptop (which has become a verb to me), read and crochet all at the same time. I am pretty sure I can’t crochet while running.
But what if I could run? What if I got off the couch and it was enjoyable? Could it be a triple benefit: enjoyable, good for me, and I could help cure cancer?
And so I turn to you, brilliant and experienced people of the blogiverse, why do you run? I have heard of a “runner’s high” is that it? (It’s obviously lower in calories than my current several-glasses-of-wine high.)
And please tell me, what on earth do you runner’s do with your brain while you run???? I need you all to convince me running is good, m’kay?