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6 Reasons I Love Running

I love running. This hasn’t always been true; until about three years ago, I would never have considered myself a runner. When I was younger, I would have told you I hated running.

Once I decided to begin a career in editorial, however, and realized I’d be spending most of my working days in front of a computer screen, I decided I needed to start a regular exercise routine. Running was the wisest choice — it’s fairly inexpensive (I wouldn’t need much more than a pair of running shoes) and can be done virtually anywhere.

Over time I’ve learned to love running; there are many aspects I’ve learned to appreciate over the last three years since I began running for exercise. Today I want to share with you my top six reasons I love to run:

1. Time to Unplug.

It’s difficult to get away from technology these days. Running allows me a good chunk of time to get away from my computer screen and be present with the world around me.

2. Fresh Air.

I spend most of my day in an office, so going out for a run after work offers me a great opportunity to get outdoors and breathe in the fresh air (as well as get a little sunlight).

3. Get to Know My Neighborhood.

I like to mix up my running routines near my home so that I can become more familiar with the neighborhood I live in. I’ve found all kinds of nearby parks and business I never noticed from the car. Getting outside also allows me an opportunity to become more familiar with my neighbors.

4. Release Pent-Up Energy.

Since I don’t get a lot of opportunity to be active in my office, I sometimes have a lot of restless energy stored up. A good run helps me to relax and release some of this energy. It also helps to relieve tension and anxiety caused by stressful work days or dealing with traffic.

5. Spend Time with Eric.

Most days, I go running with my fiancé. It’s nice to spend some time with him while out on a run; it allows us time to talk about all kinds of things without the distractions of home.

6. Time to Think.

Running allows me time to think and daydream. When I’m at home, I always feel like there’s something I should be doing, but when I’m out on a run, I have plenty of zone out without feeling guilty. It’s a great opportunity to work out problems or think about projects I want to try. Sometimes I even dream up ideas for this blog!

These are just some of my favorite things about running. What about you? Do you like to run? What are your reasons for running?

PS: Exercise Burnout: Lessons Learned & 10 Tips for a More Comfortable Run

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    Hello! I'm Erika, a quiet girl living in the noisy city of Los Angeles with my husband Eric and my cat Cookies. I enjoy exploring new places, going on adventures, eating delicious food, and taking lots of pictures! >> Read more

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