Scenes from a Snowy Schuylkill Run

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately (shocking, I know) about why I run. This philosophical outlook is a natural response to a book I’m currently reading. It’s called The Power of Habit, and it was recommended to me by a new colleague of mine. I can already tell that I will be piggybacking off her taste in literature for months to come.

Anyway, this idea of running becoming a habit after seven years is sticking. It’s all I think about these days — when I open my eyes, as I’m stepping into my sneakers, and even as I take those first few steps out the front door.

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Do I love to run because I love to run, or is it simply a habit these days? Are they two different things? Can a habit become passion, or vice versa?

Just a few things I’ve been contemplating. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few snapshots from a snowy run I took yesterday morning. Would most mortals be down for a little slip and slide workout? I’m not sure. But I literally couldn’t not run. Maybe it’s because I love the snow. Or maybe it was just habit.

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What do you think? Do you have to force yourself to workout, or do you love it? Are we passionate about fitness, or is it just habit?