There are infinite reasons for being a runner. I would never say that indulging oneself is at the top of that list.
Indulgences are sinful acts, and running long distances certainly helps neutralize some of the guilt they would otherwise induce.
For instance, I am, at this very moment, indulging in a glass of red wine. After 38 miles of trail-running awesomeness today, it feels more earned than excessive.
I love red wine. I also love running.
Here are some other things that I love. Things that being a runner allows me to love even more because I can indulge guilt-free.
Banana-Stuffed Wontons from the Dragonfly in Truckee. They have amazing sushi, and desserts to match. They also have brilliant local's specials.
Sorry, the picture was taken after we'd already begun eating, (We couldn't wait!), but the plate consists of banana stuffed wontons, coconut ice cream, and chocolate for dipping. Can you say "yum!"?
Post-scarfing. It's all I can do to refrain from picking up the little thing of chocolate syrup and drinking it.
Belt-Room Bloody. This is a brilliant spring-skiing treat. I don't even like Bloody Mary's, but one of these from the bar at Sugar Bowl will make you an amazing skier. Two will put an end to your ski day. (But you won't mind.)
Starbucks Strawberries 'n Cream. Say what you want to about Starbucks, but they have excellent coffee, and these sweet babies have become my favorite recovery drink on a hot day. Gu Brew? Forget it! I'll take artificially-flavored strawberry syrup, milk and ice, blended together and topped with whipped cream, thank you very much.
The list could go on. (And on, and on, and on ...)
What about you? What's your favorite indulgence that's made even sweeter by the guilt-eraser of long distance running?