Running makes me feel good? No.
I feel great after the run then? No-again.
It wakes me up? Strike 3.
No, I run because it’s fun. Not the running, but the goofy guys I run with. I feel pulled along with the pack of runners because of the ridiculous stories and anecdotes. Many-a-time that my fellow runner (Gimli) has stretched a 10 second sentence into a full length audio-book. Although his stories have no plot or point – they do take my mind off the pain of each step.
Listening to debates over global warming, and other hot issues (no-pun intended, ok maybe it was) make each step a little lighter, each mile a little shorter, and every stride a little easier.
I remember how I used to drive by runners early in the morning – and say those people are crazy! Little did I know just how right I was.