Most of us know the obvious benefits of being a runner. We might lose weight, develop stronger muscles and bones, and burn millions of calories. Beyond the well-known advantages, what are some of the secret perks of running?
- You become skilled at making pit stops in the most creative of places — in the bushes, in a ditch, inside a hollowed-out tree.
- As a runner, you have the perfect excuse to get out of an undesirable evening commitment by saying you have a long run the next morning.
- Your coffee habit can improve running performance, so have that second or third cup of Joe.
- You can justify spending hundreds of dollars on shoes every year. After all, a runner’s got to get new shoes to prevent injuries, right? No one can argue with that.
- You don’t have to join a gym to be a runner. The outside world is your gym.
- While you can’t eat everything you want, you do have some liberty to eat more than the average person. Running burns about 600 calories per hour and boosts your metabolism.
- You always have something to post on social media. No doubt everyone wants to know how far and how fast you ran today!
- Occasionally drinking beer in the morning is completely acceptable, since most races end before noon and have brews available.
- Your family thinks that you actually have the potential to win large races, and they brag to their friends about it.
- You are probably much healthier than your non-running friends. Research shows that running boosts immunity and can prevent heart disease and some cancers.
- Your dog loves you more since you run because you take him or her along. And, your dog is healthier for it.
- As a runner, your chances of finding a dead body are increased by 60% (if you are into that type of thing). You will have a story to tell your children and grandchildren forever.
- You finally have found the perfect sticker to put on your car (13.1, 26.2, etc.).
- You’ve eliminated the need for Kleenex on your runs since you now can snot-rocket like a champ. You just have to remember to only do it when you run. No one likes a well-dressed mom laying a big snot rocket in the aisle of the grocery store.
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