Everytime I think I've thought of the last reason to become a runner, something new strikes me, usually while I'm running. So here is reason #8: Reconnecting.
Many of the people who read this blog carry on very busy and hectic lives. Whether it's kids, jobs, other obligations, we're all busy, all the time. Life becomes a little like working in a factory where our heads are forever turned down, paying attention only to the work in front of us. There is, indeed, a world outside that factory, but we only get to see it on our tired way home, and then we're only seeing it, not processing it or realizing what exactly there is to behold. But when I run, I get to reconnect. And what is there to reconnect to? Everything that I have ignored, whether I meant to or not.
I think a lot during my runs, and this is when I reconnect with myself. I "talk" to myself about almost everything that consumes my life but that I can never really process while I'm in the throws of everything. How to deal with Rachel's 4 year-old defiance.....how to find more time to read books with the boys.....how to help Dani learn all the things her sister was learning at this age.....how to find more time for my husband.....how to better reach my own personal goals.....and so on. Running clears my head and I seem to always return with new ideas about how to take care of the people in my life, including myself.
So if you're looking into becoming a runner, here is my 8th reason: Reconnecting. What you end up reconnecting to, well that's up to you I suppose. But I always feel like I've got a better hold on life after a good run and I'm sure you do too.