Happy belated Valentine’s Day and Happy Chinese Year! In honor of these two holidays where I usually spend a lot of time eating chocolate and lots of amazing Chinese food, I wanted to share with you why I love running.
I love running because…
—Of the physical challenge. I failed likely every Presidential Fitness Test when I was younger and hated gym class. If only I could go back to elementary and middle school now!
—Then I don’t feel so bad when I eat a bowl of ice cream while blogging. Don’t worry we try our best to find the healthiest ice cream possible. This week’s choice is from Trader Joe’s.
—I won’t feel as bad buying exercise clothes. Someone has to single-handedly drive the sales for athletic clothes.
—Of the endorphins. And endorphins make me a better person. And when I am a better person that benefits everyone around me (interesting perspective).
—I can act silly on runs and no one will judge me for it (at least, I don’t think my teammates do!). Like running through sprinklers or drinking the rain.
—I run for the best cause and every step is helping find a cure to end Alzheimer’s. I will always be an Athlete to End Alzheimer’s (my recap in the Alzheimer’s newsletter about this past year’s marathon season).
—I met some of the world’s most amazing people through running.
—I finally found my passion, my extracurricular activity that I love doing, reading, and talking about (sorry to everyone around me who doesn’t love running as much as I do).
—I feel more connected to my grandma. I’ve had a fairly sentimental week reflecting on this for various different reasons and unfortunately, it was due to her suffering from Alzheimer’s that helped me find my love for running. I am so glad for this silver lining because I cannot imagine what my life would be like without it.
P.S. I, first and foremost, love my family and friends because without them I wouldn’t be me and I wouldn’t be running. Here’s to wishing everyone a happy and healthy year of the goat!