Non Sequitur Fridays

Running Is the Best Hobby

This post is part of our Non Sequitur Fridays series, which will feature a different Wistian's take on a non-Wistia-related topic each week. It's like our "employee of the month" but less "of the month"-y. Mary Schmidt is an engineer at Wistia. Her last Non Sequitur was about enchiladas.

People know a lot about running. Exercise is good for you! Endorphins make brains happy swooshy places. Runners can down pints (and pints!) of Ben & Jerry's with no fear of repercussions! All true, but the real joy of running is so much bigger than these trivialities.

Quality quiet time

The universe seems so much less complex when I run.

  • Geographical blips on my radar during the workday come together as I zoom past them.
  • Time moves slower: seconds are set by my footfalls, and the noise helps me relax.
  • Engineering problems seem to solve themselves on runs > 5 miles.

Also, having an hour a day to be alone with my thoughts is really nice. As a person who loves to bottle up superfluous thoughts and emotions, running gives me a chance to sort through the chaos on a daily basis. Sanity time is one of those things I struggle to make time for, and running's an easy way to make sure that sanity happens.

Make victory a part of your daily routine

Life can be rough. You know what else is rough? Weather (especially here in Massachusetts)! Life can be big and scary, but weather is a conquerable evil. Wind, rain, snow, heat? Power through it and know that today, you are victorious.

Mary: 1, Weather: 0

Every day. (Well, mostly every day… Sometimes I do chicken out! Ha.)


Running in the city is like having a car in the suburbs. It gives you the feeling that you can go basically anywhere you want. But with running, you are your only limitation. I thought this was especially cool as a broke college kid, but the novelty never really wore off.

See, running's awesome! But does running get boring? Sometimes! Switch things up every once in a while with a new route, new music, or some new shoes for maximum fun. And try not to take it too seriously :D

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