If you’re a big fan of running, weight loss is something that is a great benefit of the activity! But this time you can still strengthen your stamina by running without losing weight.
The reasons people hate running are understandable. It’s hard. There’s physical discomfort. There’s sweat, and there’s definitely stinkiness. There’s the fear of being judged for having wonky form or not being “fast enough.” And did I mention it’s hard?
A lot of people ask me why (or more accurately, Whyyyyyyy?!) I choose to run so much in situations that don’t involve being chased by a bear or chasing after a taco truck. And honestly, it’s a fair question. Running used to be the bane of my existence, and I swore it was absolutely not for me. Somehow, that shifted to running marathons.
When talking with other runners, I very often hear refrains like “I run because beer,” “I run so I can eat pancakes,” and “I run because I really love ice cream.” And honestly, that makes me sad. I am a strong believer in the idea that you don’t have to “earn” your calories. If you want to eat a pancake, you should eat a damn pancake regardless of whether or not you’ve run that day. Whether or not the person in question has an eating disorder, the thought pattern of “I have to exercise to make up for eating” feels like a disordered way of thinking, and it can lead down some pretty anxious, guilt-ridden paths.