Why I run

One of my favorites, (part of the famed “girls night” crew), Meg, sent me a link to a slideshow at Boston.com that totally inspired today’s post.  She actually sent it to me earlier this week but I wanted to save it up for an inspirational Friday morning post as we head into the weekend and all. 🙂

The link was to a running tally of testimonials called “Why I run.” What struck me, aside from the sheer honesty and passion behind each post, was the common theme amongst them all – check out a few examples to see if you can find it:

I run because running has taught me to love my body for the amazing things it can do. I run to set a healthy example for my two boys. I run to build physical and mental toughness, which serve me well in other aspects of life.

I run because it is my sanctuary, where I feel so alive and calm at the same time. A place where I know my legs will keep on going, if only I don’t let my mind get in the way.

I run because it is my therapy, my time to work out all the problems in my life. I run because my legs are strong enough and my mind is in need of exercise. I run to remind myself of the beauty that surrounds me and how very lucky I am.

I run because it gives me amnesia. I forget my problems, I forget my limitations, I forget those who mistreated me, I forget those who are gone.

Running has turned out to be “my thing.” I run to be inspired and to inspire others…It is hard on the mind and it is hard on the body…Running makes me confident and free spirited…nothing else can keep my anxiety at a low.

Each day I run, it is a small victory. It’s not life changing or mind-altering, but it’s a victory.

Pretty awesome stuff, right? To me – what screams out to me in these snippets (and others on the slideshow) is not the physical challenge of running so much as the mental challenge of running. Hits the nail on the head for me – running started out as something I did because I knew it was a great cardio workout but it was NOT innate, it was always hard on my body and my mind.

So you may ask, Why do I run?

I run because it forces me out of my comfort zone.

I run because its an outlet for my mind to wander.

I run because it makes me feel alive – those moments when I don’t think I can push  myself any farther and somehow my body just reacts.

I run because I can do it outside, with Scott by my side – some of our best conversations (even if some are one-sided while I’m huffing and puffing!) are had when we’re running together.

I run because I heart runner’s high.

I run because its hard. It’s painful. It’s rewarding. It’s a rush.

I could literally go on and on about why I run, but you kinda get the idea, right?

So now it’s your turn, why do YOU run? If you don’t run, why do YOU workout? Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂