Running is Easier when it’s Pretty

Good morning! Happy, happy, happy Friday. I just typed in ‘Happy Friday New Girl’ to see if I could find a Friday gif since I am obsessed with New Girl gifs, and this is what I found.

It’s like the internet read my mind. MA, I’M GOING BIG TIME!

Moving on from my big-time blogging (fake) fame.

This past Sunday I took a run on a b.e.a.YEWWWW.tiful fall day. I find running easier when it’s pretty out (doesn’t everyone?) Although I actually do occasionally enjoy running in the rain and splashing through puddles–as long as I am wearing my old sneakers and the puddles aren’t filled with gutter trash. But in addition to running on pretty days, I also love running through pretty environments. Once again, I’m sure everyone is thinking “Abby, this is a given. I mean, who likes running in bleak, ugly environments?” That’s fine, you think that thought. I can’t say enough how much certain environments, weather conditions, people, and times of day really motivate me to run. I find it hard to get myself out there some days. I’m new to this consistent running jam. I need that extra motivation. For me, getting through a run is so much easier when I have lots of different things to look at. For instance, this graffiti I found on a bridge this past weekend.

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Full disclosure: I didn’t find this when I was running. I stumbled across it when I was walking to the sports bar last Sunday. Regardless, this ‘good graffiti’ is the perfect example of something that keeps me interested and thinking during my runs. Especially when I am not wearing my headphones–which I’m not lately because I lost them–again. If anyone has any tips on how to not lose your headphones, please let me know.

Anyway, now to the good part: pictures of my pretty run.

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This is in the middle of a city! And workout stations are included. Win. (Not that I really used any of them this time, other than to stretch.)

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Sigh, iPhone camera. Why didn’t you catch the BRIGHT yellow in the front tree?

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Look at that blue sky! And against the trees it’s just amazing.

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Too pretty, I can’t get over it.

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The color combination in this photo is just lovely.

Remember a couple of days ago when I told you that I was nervous about running in the cold? I was also nervous about running in the dark. Nervous that I would just not get out there because I wouldn’t be motivated by pretty blue skies, leaves, and sunsets. Daylight savings time was really killing my groove. In my mind. Well, last night i went for a run in the dark (at 6:00pm it was dark, I am sad) and it was F.I.N.E. It was good, actually.

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Turns out crunching leaves is just as fun in the dark.

What motivates you to get out there and run?

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4 thoughts on “Running is Easier when it’s Pretty

  1. I’m the same way – I loooooove running in pretty places! Today my run was on a boring track around a baseball field near my house, and I swear I ran slower because I wasn’t running in the pretty state park that I usually run in! I also make a point to sign up for pretty/interesting races, such as the one I did last weekend that took place on the Ben Franklin Bridge and had crazy pretty views of the Philly skyline! Anything with pretty fall leaves makes me enjoy running more!

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