Happy Marathon Monday and Patriots Day! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Marathon Monday I want to give you the Urban Dictionary definition because it’s kind of the best. (FYI: Urban Dictionary is a satirical online dictionary where anyone can submit definitions. It’s normally very truthful and accurate, though).
Marathon Monday: Marathon Monday is often considered, among Bostonians, as the greatest day of each year. Falling on the third Monday of April, the marathon provides a race as a backdrop to the biggest day of drinking and legalized hookie-playing found anywhere in the country. Example: 11:21 AM on Marathon Monday: the winner of the race crosses the finish line and everyone in Boston is already too drunk to notice
So, to most people it’s a full day of drinking with a marathon somewhere among the party but I know it as Patriot’s Day and the Boston Marathon. Have fun, Boston! More importantly, good luck to all the kick-ass runners conquering 26.2 hilly miles.
In honor of the marathon, let’s keep things on the lighter side with a running-focused post.
Five Reasons I Love Running
It’s like a stable, life-long friend…it doesn’t go anywhere
We all know I was injured for a while last year. I ended up taking three months off (during prime running weather/racing season) to let my body/foot heal. In the process, I learned that I’m not invincible. Even if I didn’t/don’t run as much as a lot of people, I needed the break, forced or not. I love running because it DIDN’T GO ANYWHERE during my time off. I was able to come right back to it when I was physically ready (not “right back” in the sense of pace or mileage, but the sport was still there). For me, running is a lifetime sport, so extended time off here and there (hopefully not due to injury) is not a big deal in the scheme of things.
Running doesn’t discriminate against body type
There’s a movement across social media debunking the stereotype of a “the runner’s body.” People are recognizing that the shape, size, height, age of a person does not determine their ability to run. Passion, attitude and determination are all that matter.
You can go as fast or slow as you want
It encourages creativity and productivity
Ironically, even after the most hot, draining run, I feel more inspired than ever. Whether it’s to write, clean, run errands or work, running gives me that boost I need to get started. Sure I love me some afternoon (and/or mid-morning) naps, but chances are, I will want to do something with my day first.
It gives me some perspective
I have the physical ability and health to be able to run, my problems are minuscule in comparison. Nothing else really matters.
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So whether you are a runner, biker, writer, cook(er), artist(er), lifter, eater or all the above, I hope you use this Marathon Monday to reflect on why you love what you do.