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  1. Thank you Christie for linking up and co-hosting at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

  2. I don’t run. My asthma will not allow it. But I envy those of you that do. Thank you for sharing with #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’ve shared your post on social media.

    • Thanks Clearissa! Hopefully, you have other activities that you enjoy like I enjoy running. Truth be told, it’s a love/hate relationship I have with running, but mostly love!

  3. My son and husband are marathon runners…so I leave the running to them.
    I agree with your list of benefits and hopefully get a few of them from hiking and yoga.
    Thanks for sharing this!

  4. In years past, I did run. I always loved it. My knees won’t take it, now. So, I do low-impact exercise at the YMCA. Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’m sharing your post on social media.

  5. Couldn’t have said it better. All the very reasons why I run. And now I am sitting here feeling guilty for skipping the gym today. Ha! Maybe I will at least get in a mile on the treadmill at home. Great post.

    I listen to books via Audible when I run. And aren’t the active wear choices these days so much better than the baggy fleece drawstring sweatpants we wore in gym class?

    Leslie @ onceuponatimehappilyeverafter.com

    • I’ve never listened to a book while running. I may have to try that on the next long run. Thanks for the suggestion, Leslie! I remember a striped jumpsuit for gym. Really! Who thought that up?

  6. Cindy

    I like all the benefits you listed for running except for #3. Maybe because I don’t have wireless music, it just seems to get in my way. I listen to music when I walk. And I cracked up because #7 is so true! After I run in the afternoon I always stop for a Diet Coke, (that’s a good recovery drink, right?) and I’m sweaty and in workout clothes and I’m thinking “that’s right, I just went for a run!”! 😂

    • Cindy, wireless is definitely better. I hate when the cords are tugging or flapping around. I have run outdoors a few times without music, and its a nice change of pace. I can listen to the birds and other nature noises and feel one with Mother Earth. 🙂 Happy running!

  7. I love running also and run with some friends twice a week. We call ourselves the Saturday Sisters and keep each other going. I’m the oldest at almost 60 but we enter fun runs and it is a fun way to keep fit. Thanks for sharing with us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’ve shared on social media.

  8. Hi Christie – all fantastic reasons to run (I particularly loved your bragging rights one!) and I just wish it translated into real life for me. I’ve tried running several times and it just doesn’t work for me – I look like a drunk giraffe, I get hot and sweaty and feel defeated when I start to flag. I’m just going to own walking as my “thing” because I still get a few of your benefits and I do it with a smile (so many runners look miserable while they’re running). My husband is really fit and runs regularly – he says it so that he can keep eating chocolate biscuits – I’d rather give up on the biscuits!

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au

    • I’m down with walking, Leanne, and in fact I take several walk breaks during my runs. I do like to push myself some, but I never want to be miserable. It all comes down to cultivating joy, so if the misery outweighs the joy, it’s not happening for me. Thanks, as always, for hosting #MLSTL.

  9. I ran 6 miles a day for years and never enjoyed doing it. I ran with a group and we would run three miles do an hour exercise class and run three more miles. I hate to say it but I never got that much out of it. I still had to watch my diet constantly and I guess because I broke the miles into two sections I never got a runner high. I tried cycling for about two years and got tired of that. My go to now is walking not many bragging rights with that but at least it is something I will do. lol

  10. Hey Christie,

    I think that’s fabulous that you love to run and for so many great reasons. I’ve never been athletic nor a running (unless I had to) for that. However, there are things that I love to do myself that can give me that same feel-good feeling you get from running. I love spending time with my dogs. We can play (good exercise for all 3 of us), cuddle, chill, and just be. I’m also passionate about other outdoor activities but none have the “always love and feel-good” emotions and being with my pups.

    Thanks for sharing yours!

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