When you’re a die-hard lover of running, obsessed in a way that most people can’t even understand, there are certain things about running that just make a run a little extra special. Guilty pleasures, if you will. As runners we know that there are certain “rules” we should typically follow so that we stay safe, injury-free, healthy, etc. But once in a while it’s ok to let loose a little! Let’s look at some of the guilty pleasures of running, at least the ones I think of as guilty pleasures.
I shared a few weeks ago how I feel here is a “magic” to the long run. I still feel like I am doing something wrong when I do a long run, after being injured for so long. Each time I head out for an undetermined amount of time with no limits, I feel like I am breaking a rule. I feel like I am indulging in running by going on a long run.
Running “Just for Fun”
When you are used to following a training plan, running just for fun becomes a guilty pleasure. Even though I haven’t followed a training plan in years, I still feel a little guilty when I just run whatever I want and whenever I want. Usually I follow a loose plan involving days off between runs and moderate mileage. Over the holiday break I ran a bunch of days in a row and whatever distance I wanted. Living on the edge, right?
Skipping the “other stuff”
You also probably know that I am pretty structured about my core work and strength training. When I let myself skip this stuff it certainly feels like a guilty pleasure! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy that stuff because I know it’s important, but I would much rather just run. It felt like a vacation to take off from it for a bit.
Listening to Podcasts or Music
I never run with headphones when I run outside in the mornings, mostly for safety reasons but also because I like the time to think. When I run on a treadmill or at a time/in a place where I can wear headphones it feels like a special treat. I am hoping that being able to listen to music or podcasts once I start running on a treadmill more will make it a little more enjoyable.
New Running Shoes or Clothes
Who doesn’t love running in a new pair of running shoes or a new running outfit? It feels like Christmas!
Running in the daylight or perfect weather
I feel like 95% of my runs are in the dark or bad weather. I enjoy weekend runs when I run in the daylight, but perfect weather makes it even better. (Right now I would take anything above 20 degrees.)
As runners, we should treat ourselves once in a while, right?! Some of my favorite post-run “indulgences” include a nap, sitting by the fireplace, drinking coffee, going out to a big breakfast, or having a beer (this is really just after a race- I’m not usually one to start drinking at 9 am!).
Sometimes these guilty pleasures can make a day when it’s a struggle to get out the door a little more enjoyable!
What are some of your running guilty pleasures?
Do you run with headphones?
Do you like following a plan or just doing whatever workouts you feel like?