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101 Reasons to Love Running

Yes, you can love running!  Here are 101 reasons to run.

101 Reasons to Run

Hi friends!

I’ve been thinking about how this little blog started a lot lately and how it’s morphed into what it is.  I find such joy in sharing a variety of posts these days and the fact that Running in a Skirt is more of an online healthy living magazine for you… not just about me.  I’ve poured my heart and soul into making that happen.  BUT I do have parts of me that miss the days where I talked more about my first true fitness and blogging love… running.

101 Reasons to Run

Once upon a time, I wrote about things like 18 mile runs and training for big races.  Although I’m taking a break from longer distance running, it doesn’t mean that I don’t still truly enjoy running just as much as I did back then.  Honestly I probably love it even more because running has been a part of my life for so long at this point.  I’m running just to run these days and there is such joy in that.

Running is simply a big part of who I am.  I make time for my miles every week, even if I don’t talk about it as much or are training for anything specific.


So I thought I’d go back to the roots of Running in a Skirt and share some of my favorite reasons I love to run.  I came up with 101… but honestly I could probably come up with 1000.  Running is just that awesome.


Hopefully this will inspire you whether you’re already a runner or have just been thinking about giving it a try.

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101 Reasons to Run

  1. Getting a front row to the seasons changing.
  2. When you finally hit that runners high.
  3. Days where it feels like you can run forever.
  4. The joy of hitting new distance goals.
  5. Running teaches you that sometimes things feel impossible,  yet somehow you do it.
  6. The days you feel like you CAN’T finish your run, but somehow you do.
  7. The familiar feeling on your favorite running path.
  8. Running along the first blooms of spring.
  9. Getting stuck outside running in a flurry, but you realize you really aren’t that cold.
  10. New running shoes.
  11. Massive big city races.
  12. Small community races.
  13. Winning medals for actually being fast.
  14. Participation medals.
  15. Chasing a crazy new PR and hitting it.
  16. Marathons.
  17. 5K’s.
  18. Running skirts.
  19. Coordinating running outfits.
  20. Theme races!
  21. It’s an exercise you can do anywhere.
  22. Being able to run on vacation.
  23. Sightseeing through running.
  24. Running alone.
  25. Running with friends.
  26. Finding a new to you running route.
  27. Trying trail running for the first time.
  28. Falling in love with trail running.
  29. Thinking you will NEVER run a marathon and somehow you decide to and actually finish it.
  30. Finding running friends who want to talk about running as much as you do
  31. Running blogs.
  32. Running with your dog.
  33. Running your crazy out.
  34. Training plans.
  35. Running stores.
  36. Running the same race several years in a row and actually getting better each year.
  37. Running just to run without a plan or watch.
  38. Running without music.
  39. Running with music.
  40. Knowing that you’ve got all your steps by 8 am.
  41. Knowing you really don’t have to feel guilty about eating ice cream.
  42. Run-ger.
  43. Getting your ME time.
  44. Because you didn’t quit.
  45. Because running clears your mind.
  46. All the blog posts ideas you can come up with while running.
  47. Not meeting your race goal, but knowing you still did your best.
  48. Not doing your best at a race, but still learning valuable lessons.
  49. That time you pass someone who looks faster than you.
  50. Your first double digit run.
  51. Spending four months training for one race.
  52. Race spectators.
  53. The super awesome people who volunteer to hand out water at a race.
  54. How running teaches you to keep moving forward, even when it feels too hard.
  55. Running increases self esteem.
  56. Running is a natural anti-depressant.
  57. Running reduces stress.
  58. The discipline running gives you.
  59. Encouraging your running friends who are training for races.
  60. The encouragement you get from running friends when you are training for a race.
  61. Those moments in a run where you just feel like life is wonderful.
  62. Being able to run away from your problems, even for just 30 minutes.
  63. Being sore after a long run.
  64. Not being sore after a long run.
  65. Learning to cross train and do yoga.
  66. Being able to run off a crappy day.
  67. Running makes you feel strong.
  68. Running can humble you.
  69. The look on peoples faces when you tell them how far you ran today.
  70. Foam rolling.
  71. Because it is NOT bad for you knees.
  72. Because it can get you in the best shape of your life.
  73. The camaraderie at races.
  74. Because running like a girl is good thing.
  75. Endorphins.
  76. It’s cheaper than therapy.
  77. Carb-loading.
  78. You have more energy.
  79. Running increases your metabolism.
  80. When you finally come back from an injury healthier than when you started.
  81. Meeting someone who has run the same big city race as you have.
  82. Disney Races.
  83. Being able to enjoy sunny days where the sky is so blue it almost glows.
  84. The first cool morning of fall where you feel like you can run forever.
  85. The hottest run of the summer where you think you can’t sweat anymore.
  86. Figuring out a fueling and hydration plan that works for you.
  87. When you’ve lost your running mojo, and you finally get it back.
  88. Running for a good cause.
  89. When you get a cute race t-shirt.
  90. Running makes you healthier.
  91. When you run, despite your health issues.
  92. The day you realize you are a runner and always will be.
  93. When you finally get a friend or loved one to try running too.
  94. Running races with family or friends.
  95. The feeling you get at the top of a giant hill you just conquered.
  96. The blesssing of being able to run on a treadmill when you need it.
  97. Running is always an adventure.
  98. The time running gives you to sort out all the thoughts in your head.
  99. Running gives you strong legs and a strong heart.
  100. Running through hard times, helps you through hard times in life.
  101. The times running gives you the feeling that you can do anything.
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Soooo… basically running rocks!  If you are a runner, I’m pretty sure you’re nodding your head these and have a few more of your own to add.  If you aren’t a runner, what are you waiting for!  Give it a try.  Start with this post here—> How to Start Running  And after that get some inspiration with my ultimate list of tips and tricks for runners here!

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101 Reasons to Love Running / Running in a Skirt

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Thanks for stopping by today and indulging me in my running list!  See you tomorrow for a easy and delicious Crock Pot Red Pepper Soup!

I’m linking this post with Marvelous Monday,  Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday & Inspired to be Fit, Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday,  Coaches Corner, and Annmarie for Wild Workout Wednesday.

Your turn!

Help me out!  Add more reasons you love running to the list!

By | 2017-08-15T14:03:55-04:00 October 19th, 2016|Fitness, Newbie Running, Running|44 Comments


  1. […] love running.  There are 101 reasons that I love running.  But for one reason or another there are times I can’t run or decide not to run.  Whether […]

  2. […] love running.  I literally created a list containing 101 reasons I love it.  I thrive over the routine of it and the chance to unplug and clear my head.  I feel strong and […]

  3. kimmythevegan October 24, 2016 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    I love this post! I love running and I always really enjoy connecting with other that do as well. When I started running, I was in a bad place, having a very hard time with life. I was very sick, mentally, emotionally and physically and running really helped get my life and health back. It’s definitely my happy place.
    Many of the things you listed resonate with me, but if I had to pick a favourite:
    “Knowing that you’ve got all your steps by 8 am.” Haha. YES!
    Thanks for sharing this with us Julie =)

  4. Kristy from Southern In Law October 21, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    This is such a great list! You have all the reasons to keep on running!

  5. Michelle @ Fruition Fitness October 19, 2016 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I love this! Can’t even pick any favorites…they are all so true to all runners!

  6. Blane Sherer October 19, 2016 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    This is sort of a back to running blog 101
    for you.

  7. [email protected] October 19, 2016 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    All great reasons. I never need a reason to run. I do it because I love it, and when you love something, you don’t mind doing it on a regular basis.

    • JulieWunder October 30, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

      So true! Some days are hard but I know I always get something out of it, even if it’s not easy.

  8. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets October 19, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I love this list!! If I ever feel down about running I need to just remember just one of these reasons!

  9. Rachel October 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Aw, what a great post! I love your Running in a Skirt magazine but I almost love this post more. Maybe you should add more personal running posts again! 🙂 xxoo

    • JulieWunder October 30, 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you like it! I haven’t been training for anything and my running log consists of… “I ran three miles today…” haha! I guess I’ve thought it’s not interesting enough right now. 🙂

  10. Yes to all of those especially find running friends!

    • JulieWunder October 30, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

      Totally! And you are the best at finding running friends!

  11. Jennifer @ Fit Nana October 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    #33. Truth!!! Haha

  12. Susanna @Zealous Mom October 19, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

    This is such a great post, Julie! I was nodding my head with so many of your reasons. I have completely gotten away from running, and I miss it so badly. Trying to slowly get back into it. Maybe we can run a race together in early spring. Thank you again for this fantastic list. Pinned! 🙂

    • JulieWunder October 30, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

      That would be wonderful! We’ll have to find one!

  13. Kat @anaussieinsf October 19, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

    My absolute, hands-down favourite without a doubt would have to be finding running friends who love to talk about running as much as you do. Because no one appreciates a little run chat as much as your running mates!

  14. Ilka October 19, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

    This is an awesome list!! Of course, I had to pin this! Happy Running!

  15. Nicole @ Fitful Focus October 19, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

    22, 43, 82. The best!

  16. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub October 19, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

    This is amazing! There are some reasons on your list I didn’t even think about but I’d have to say foam rolling would be a reason NOT to run for me. ha ha

  17. Annmarie October 19, 2016 at 8:34 am - Reply

    I love this. There are seriously so many reasons to love running, hard to list any as my favorite.

  18. Dan Steadman October 19, 2016 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Bonds you to other people….have a number of 5th/6th/7th graders that have bonded to me because I run and they run

  19. There’s really no reason not to run, in my opinion!!!

  20. Becky October 19, 2016 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I like #33!

  21. heather @Lunging Through Life October 19, 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Aww these are so perfect! Love them!!

  22. Susie @ SuzLyfe October 19, 2016 at 7:12 am - Reply

    There is always a reason. You just have to find YOUR reason!

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