Readers Roundtable: Gratitude

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Grateful for all of the wonderful people running has brought into my life, like Ginger!

Runners complain a lot. From the weather to hills, to our aches and pains and hard workouts, we like to vocalize both the things that cause us extra pain and sometimes even the most minor of discomforts. But all this complaining can bring us down and encourage us to forget why we log all these miles in the first place.

Yes, we love to run; it makes us feel alive, more than just about anything else we do! And many of us could stand to exercise a little gratitude and remember all the other little and big things about running that make us feel grateful to have the sport in our lives.

Tell us three things that you’re grateful for about running right now.

Then join us tonight (Monday, Nov. 21) at 7:00 EST for #SaltyChat live on Twitter where we’ll be sure to get you good and ready to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast!

We’ll be back on Monday, November 28 with brand new posts. Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers!

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. 1. The Salty fam and the connections we share through running and life. <3
    2. Runsets aka sunsets viewed while running. (Don't know if that's a word, but I just made it one!)
    3. The cheap racing opportunities Europe has to offer!

    1. Runsets! I love that word!! In college we used to haul ourselves out of bed early to go for a sunrike…a sunrise hike. Followed, of course, by a large breakfast at a local diner ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. And runrises! I love runrises! And word on the Salty family. Holy shoot is that one of the most amazing gifts running has given me. WOWZA am I grateful for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. While I’m currently not running much, I’m still VERY grateful for it. First and foremost I’d say that is because of the people it’s brought into my life, and the best of those people are standing by me whether its a race or some other life event or just a random day. Running brought those people into my life, and certainly strengthened the relationships but I’m very glad that our experiences are not limited to just that.

    I’m also grateful that running is an option right now. I say that in the sense of being physically able (just choosing downtime currently focusing on other important things), but also the sense that it CAN be an option. This may sound strange but I’m glad that running is not everything and that I don’t feel like I HAVE to do it. I feel lucky to be able to, I love it, and love that it’s a choice I make and not because I feel like it’s a punishment or demand. So maybe I’m running less right now but I’m so glad that I feel 100% okay with it being a choice and knowing I can return when I want, and because I want and not need.

    1. That makes so much sense to be grateful that you can choose to run or not run – that’s a huge freedom that being healthy and fit affords you!

  3. I’m grateful that running has shown me how strong I can be mentally and physically.
    For the ability to just be able to run and for that I am grateful.
    For the happy endorphins it brings and the time alone I get to just think or not think.

  4. I’m grateful for the confidence running has instilled in me; for the people I’ve met including my husband, my best friends, and the Salty fam; and for the time to connect with nature, my body, and my mind.

  5. I’m grateful that running has allowed me to trust my body and mind to feel stronger than I ever have.
    For the people it has brought into my life who are now my best friends.
    For the places I’ve traveled and adventures I’ve taken on as a result of running.

  6. I’m grateful that I have the physical ability, time flexibility, financial opportunity, safe spaces, and mental confidence to run.
    I’m grateful that running is, for me, not an obligation but a gift – it’s my time for myself, and allows me to blow off steam in healthy ways.
    And most of all, I’m grateful for the people running has brought into my life.

    1. It’s so easy to take everything you say in your first sentence for granted, but considering how many people find those things impediments to running or other outside activities, we are very lucky indeed!

  7. I’m grateful that I am able to run, period. Also for the great people I’ve met through running (hello Saltines!) and the places I’ve been able to explore.

  8. Like Caraway above, I am grateful to be able to run. Coming back from some time off has really helped increase my gratitude and love for the sport. Also, being able to have connected with all of you, readers and fellow Saltines alike! It’s also brought me to my significant other and other wonderful friends offline. Running also gave us Run Fast Eat Slow. Thanks, running!

  9. So wow! Yeah, since I started consistently running in 2004, I discovered I had way more physical and mental strength than I ever thought possible. Running has also taught me to be patient, forgiving with myself and others, and the importance of physical activity to be a well-rounded person. As we age, health slowly becomes our foundation and something we can no longer take for granted. Besides the people, the one thing I am most grateful for about running is that it makes me feel forever young, in health and spirit.

  10. So many things!!
    1. I love my 5am run dates with friends- nothing compares to running in the dark with a friend before most of the world is awake. At the end we get to enjoy a beautiful runrise! ๐Ÿ˜€
    2. The sense of accomplishment after surviving a tough run
    3. Salty Running and the salty family!
    4. Coffee and pancakes after an early morning chilly run.
    5. I could really just go on and on… but maybe I’ll save some for Salty Chat tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 1. Vampire runs when the world is still – just like I’d always dreamed of
    2. The people I’ve met – almost none of whom are local to me
    3. New ways to challenge myself

  12. Right now I’m most grateful for the ability to run. I’m just starting to s.l.o.w.l.y. come back from an injury and even running for 8 minutes this morning in the cold, windy, dark was amazing. As someone who leans more towards introvert, I’m so thankful for the people running has brought to my life. Running has made me realize I’m stronger – physically and mentally – than I would have ever thought possible. And of course, for the runner’s high ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I’m grateful running makes me go outside and really appreciate the beautiful parts of where I live. I’m also grateful for the community of friends I have who run, and for this wonderful site- you guys rock and inspire me! Finally, I’m so, so grateful for the mental and physical health bonuses running brings me. Especially the mental health. The recent NY Times article on how exercise = therapy was no surprise to me…

  14. I’m grateful that running has given me an outlet for my competitive streak and shown me how tough I can be; that running has helped me be strong and healthy; that running has allowed me to explore DC and the surrounding trails such that I’ve gotten to know the city from a completely different perspective; that running has helped me get even closer to my sister and my dad, both of whom are runners; and that running has helped me make some awesome running friends, both in person and in Salty Nation! Okay, that’s five things, but I could list twenty!