... when the run is an "st" run - best, longest, fastest, most fun...
... when I don't have to bury any whiners in shallow, unmarked graves. Well, maybe only one.
... when there is a cold beer waiting at the end.
... when I don't bonk.
... when I don't run out of water with any more than a mile to go.
... when I finish. Upright.
... when a new trail route works out.
... when running with friends.
... when I have the trail to myself.
... when my mind is clear and settled at the end, if it wasn't at the start.
... when I solve a gnarly problem.
... when following some flashy dirty girls on a pair of nice girl legs.
... when I see wild critters.
... when I make a climb that I'd never been able to run before.
... when the laughs outnumber the curses.
... when I don't trip and fall.
... when a new runner tagging along has a great run.
... when the silence is only broken by my stentorian breathing.
... when I see more deer than cars.
... when I don't pee blood afterward.
... when I see cougar tracks and I don't get jumped by said cougar (the wild animal kind, that is.)
... ditto for bears.
... when the view takes what breath I have left away.
... when I jump OVER the snake on the trail.
... when I try new shoes, and they feel awesome!
... did I mention following girl legs?
What makes a run for you a good run? Pop them in the comments!