I love running. It should be fairly obvious by now if you follow me on social media or read my blog. There are just so many happy feelings I get when I think about it. Yes, even when I’ve had the WORST run ever.
Take yesterday for example, I was feeling cold, miserable, stressed. I had a mountain of admin and paperwork to get through before the school run. I then got some terrible news, I was cold, tired, nauseous and just having one of those days. I jump up after tea, throw on some leggings and head out into the cold and rain for some exercise.
There really is nothing better then getting fresh air, some body movement and a beep from a lorry while you watch them on the road below the bridge to make you smile.
Since I started running and decided to relaunch my blog as Fitcake I have had the pleasure of meeting lovely new people, taken part in some amazing challenges, like my very first 10K last year at Delamere Forest and had the chance to get involved in some great opportunities with brands and campaigns across the internet.
Here are some of my favourite reasons to run
It makes me feel good.
Ok I’ll admit that I understand that it isn’t JUST running that’s making me feel good. I know it has a lot to do with the lifestyle changes my husband and I have made over the past 12 months. That includes getting diagnosed with anxiety and starting medication to control that.
I recently wrote a few guest posts around the reasons I love running and why I fell in love with running and I think they really help to explain the feeling I get when I’ve been out of the road running freely.
I feel so much fitter.
Since starting exercise last year for the first time in a long time, I’ve never felt fitter. I can finally get up with a spring in my step, I don’t get ill anywhere near as often as I did and I can run up the stairs without feeling faint.
The differences start small at first but you soon start to realise the impact that getting your body moving has on both your body and your mind.
Running is the best thinking time.
My 9 year old daughter loves running too and I regularly take her out for shorter runs. When I do run solo I use it as my thinking time. I find that I change between listening to music, concentrating on breathing methods and thinking about all the important things I need to work out.
Many a blog post or content idea has come from a muddy run on a rainy morning mid week trust me. It also allows for a little escapism which in today’s world, is more then welcome. Hopefully one day my daughter will share her favourite reasons to run too.
There is so many amazing foods to try.
When getting ready for a big race and/or event there is nothing better then trying out all the different foods. Energy bars, gels, shakes, fizzers, anything that will help keep you hydrated, fuelled and ready for action. I have a few favourites including the Chia Charge flapjacks.
They have to be the tastiest protein flapjacks I have ever eaten and I make a pretty good flapjack myself. You can get them in peanut butter AND cocoa but I prefer the peanut butter only ones. They taste great, do the job intended and keep you fuller for longer too.
No further explanation needed. I have an addiction. It’s crippling my bank account. Of course I have been in the amazing position where I get to trial new innovative fitness clothing. I also have become accustomed to amazing activewear and can’t turn a blind eye when a bargain arises.
That goes for trainers too. Before my running days began I hadn’t owned a pair of trainers in almost 10 years. Fast forward to today and I currently have 7 pairs in rotation. I know 7 isn’t a lot but when you work for yourself, have two kids to feed and bills to pay. I can’t buy all the pairs I want, even if they are so damn beautiful.
I’d love to hear your favourite reasons to run, tell me why you love it!
– Emma Allen –
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