Why Running is Amazing

Why Running is Amazing

No really, it is. Don't laugh.

To all of you out there who read this title and scoffed, you are probably part of the majority. There are quite a few people who really don't think running is the best thing in the world, which is okay because everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course. Not everyone has to be a big fan of running, and I know a lot of people aren't. However, there are plenty of reasons why it's actually amazing. Don't laugh yet; hear me out because I promise I will give good examples as to why I've said this. Here are some of the reasons why I think running is something that everyone should do all the time. And I think there will be at least a few people out there that agree with me.

1. You can adventure in the great outdoors.

Putting on your running clothes, lacing up your sneakers, and picking out the perfect playlist is just the beginning of the wonderful things that you can accomplish while going for a nice run. You get those 30 minutes to an hour outside in fresh air that everyone keeps saying is super good for you. You can listen to another chapter of that audiobook that you've been putting off forever. You can get another episode of that beloved podcast in that you don't have the time to listen to normally and, if you're lucky, you will see a dog on your path and you will be lucky enough to pet it. And there is nothing better than petting a dog that is excited to see you. Nothing. See? All good things that can happen while you're running through the great outdoors.

2. You can get your steps in or it'll be that daily exercise you keep saying you'll do.

With the FitBit fad that is starting to rev up again, you can very quickly get your steps in by going for a nice run. And it's faster than walking, which is a plus. And it will get you back to whatever you were doing in the first place quicker! If you're like me, then you will want to make sure that you exercise with enough time left over to get back and watch your favorite show or do other fun activities.

3. You can eat unhealthy food.

This may or may not be the reason why I run, to be completely honest. Being able to go for a run in the morning boosts that metabolism through the rest of the day, which means now you can eat that doughnut or have a little dessert after dinner because you did yourself a solid and ran this morning. So, congratulations! You're a champion –eat that piece of cake. You deserve it.

4. You sorta kinda have bragging rights.

Another one of my favorite parts of running is that you can tell people that you went for a run today and they will be all, "Whoa! That's so cool! You are super dedicated and you are really getting your life together! That's great!" And you'll be all, "I know! It's so wonderful that I tortured myself for 30 minutes, but it's totally going to work out for the best in the end." That's a great conversation. You should do it just for the bragging rights.

5. You really do feel better about yourself after.

In all seriousness, running really does suck. It's hard – you run out of breath, your ribs feel like they are collapsing in on you, and you have a feeling that you might die. But once you get your breath back, you really do feel good about yourself. It's called a "runners high" and it feels amazing. It really will follow you throughout the day.

Whether you think running is your thing or not, it really does make you feel good. It's my favorite way to let off steam or think for a little while. It's also really easy to get started. And no matter if you run only half a mile or a marathon, you are already doing better than you used to, and that's something to congratulate yourself for.

So go out there, make an awesome playlist, and give running a try! Make sure you stretch and stay hydrated though. Safety first!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Your Health Journey Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Perfection takes time.


When you first start to do something, you have all of the motivation in the world to accomplish that goal set out in front of you, especially when it comes to being healthier. The problem is as you continue through this journey and food and laziness kick in, motivation slips. It's human, and it happens to everyone no matter how physically strong they are.

Trying to be healthier doesn't always mean losing weight. It can be so your knees don't ache as much, so you don't feel as out of breath climbing stairs, or any goal you have set for yourself. Being healthier is personal and different from person to person.

I will be the first to admit that there are plenty of changes I would love to make about myself. From my weight to my body type and many other things about myself inside and out. I am by no means the most confident person about how I look, but I have worked hard for the past year to be an overall healthier person.

Becoming healthier isn't about looking thinner or fitting into a specific size of clothes. It is about taking care of yourself from eating better to working out more. There comes a feeling of confidence in what your body can do if you put a little love in it.

Perfection takes time, and I know firsthand how frustrating trying to be healthier can be.

Pizza tastes so much better than salad. It is so easy to fall into a rhythm of something that seems never to change whether that is your weight or your mile time. Sadly, you can't build a city, or become healthier overnight.

We see people who are thinner, curvier, smarter, faster, and so much more than us. We all waste time comparing ourselves to people around us and on our timelines, but some of our biggest strengths are our individuality and the gift of getting back up after falling down.

All I can say is, please don't give up on your goal of being healthier because this is solely for you. We can have a great support system in the world and have everyone in our corner, but that isn't enough.

You need yourself. You need to know that if you don't entirely put yourself in this journey, then you won't fully succeed. Your commitment to bettering yourself can keep you going even if you want to give up.

Your motivation may not be at its peak level right now, and you may have every cell in your body screaming at you to quit. Don't do it. Prove to yourself that you can keep going no matter what. Not giving up will be worth it. The results and taking the hard way will make you a stronger person inside and out.

You can do this. You can do anything you want to accomplish if you just believe in yourself. You need to understand that becoming healthier takes endurance. There will be periods where you slow down and may not be going at your fastest pace. The difference is that you are not giving up and you are still trying and moving.

Don't treat becoming healthier as a sprint: short term and quick. That mentality will only leave you feeling deflated and defeated. It is a life-long marathon of pacing yourself and pushing yourself further than ever before.

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