I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm grateful that I can run. I've been sidelined before and I don't like it. Running is the best. I just lurve it.
But when I think about why I am thankful for running, as this week's Take it and Run Thursday asks us to do, I have to say more. I can't just say, "Oh, I'm thankful for running because I love to do it," and then smile and try to wow you with some extra-flashy jazz hands so you won't notice that my statement was so lame.
Nope. I have to think of some legitimate reasons for being thankful. Luckily, I have a few. I wouldn't be posting if I didn't.
So, yet again another long intro. And now, on with the thankfulness!
I'm thankful for running because . . .
- It keeps the Chex Muddy Buddies (have you ever had these? Peanut butter, chocolate, crunchy Chex chexiness! I just made a batch for the first time and -- hoo ha! -- they are good! ) that I am eating right now from ending up on my hips. Running burns off all that junk food.
- It gives me some much-needed alone time.
- And that means I have a chance to clear out my mind, mull things over, or just run through the multiplication tables or perform some simple long division.
- It's not that weird. Really. Lots of people do math in their heads when they run. I'm sure of it! Well, I'm fairly sure of it.
- Feel free to speak up if you do math, too.
- I shouldn't bullet all of these non-gratitude sentences.
- But, since I already did, I'm just going to stick with it. Back to being thankful . . .
- Running provides me with a excuse to buy gear.
- Not something to be thankful for? You want me to be serious?
- Running makes me dig deep to accomplish my goals, and that carries over into other areas of my life. When you can tough it out on a run, you can tough it out anywhere.
- It can lift me out of a bad mood. I can be in a total funk and just stepping out the door for a quick run is enough to shake me out of it.
- Running keeps me fit, helps me feel healthy and it makes me happy.
9 times 8 is 72. 9 times 9 is 81. Try it. You'll love it.