Have you ever seen those movies where a character is being chased by a zombie or flying monkeys or some other equally strange thing and they totally get caught because they couldn’t outrun it? I am totally raising my hand right now.
Running is my #1 weapon and I do it so that if there’s ever anyone/anything chasing me, I can be prepared and not get caught. It’s not like I run with a gun or knife (anyway, wouldn’t that be like something out of the show Cops?) so I need to rely on my ninja running skills for survival. Here’s my line of thinking and please note that I’m not making light of anyone who has seriously had to outrun real danger because I’m not.
When I decided to start running and calling myself a runner, I quickly realized that outrunning danger was high on the list of reasons to keep at it. Running, unlike other sports that hardly involve running, gives me the ability to use it as a defense mechanism if need be. During my training runs, the thought of running faster than the time before is usually at the forefront of my mind. I’m not paranoid but simply have a healthy respect for true danger and/or I watch for sketchy people/cars driving by me more than two times and have a plan when running down a ‘no outlet’ road.
For me, I just feel better knowing that if/when I ever find myself in a situation where there is a zombie or flying monkey or sketchy person chasing me, running will (hopefully!) be part of my successful escape. That, my cell phone and some pepper spray.
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.