this is why i run: it’s physical // day 18

Continuing along with yesterday’s topic, running is also about physical exertion. The level of exertion depends on how much I push my body. We all know how amazing the human body was designed, right? The fact that humans can run marathons, ultra marathons (100 mile race, anyone?!) and Ironman races are simply mind blowing. The takeaway here is that when you train and exert your body, your body will adapt and the sky’s the limit.

Getting my heart rate up and breaking a sweat when running is one thing that drew me to the sport many years ago. When I was in high school, I didn’t really run a lot. My freshman year, I went to one cross country practice at the beginning of the season and decided I would much rather play softball. Sure, that involves quick sprinting but not miles and miles of running. That was high school. Now, I’m hopefully wiser in my older years and have realized that the turtle won the race, not the hare and that running is actually amazing. (I’m the turtle, by the way.)

I love knowing that when I run, I am physically doing what my body was designed to do and pushing it to the limit. Running is probably the epitome of physical exertion when compared to other things I do on a daily basis. It feels good to know that with each mile I put behind me, I am slowly (like the turtle) relishing in the physical challenge that comes with running. 

This is why I run.

*This post is a part of a 31 Day Writing Challenge in which I celebrate all the reasons I run. You can find links to all the posts here.

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