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.ย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

๏ปฟI 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 pushย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚


23 thoughts on “Why I run

  1. I run because one day I might not be able to.
    I run because it’s more Earth-friendly than driving to the gym and plugging into the treadmill.
    I run because it gives me time to myself and lets me sort through my thoughts on life, love, and my greater purpose.
    I run because it gets me out of my house, off my couch, and outside.
    I run so when people ask me if I have a hobby, I actually have something to say!
    I run to keep my body strong and fit, so that one day when I have children they will see me as a healthy role model.

  2. This makes me want to be able to run. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ And pity party….over! I hope to get back to it one day. Sounds cheesy, but I do really feel like I’ve lost a part of myself not being able to run. I tell everyone, I did it MORE for the emotional/mental benefits than for the health. That was always just a bonus to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Running = awesome!

    • Awww!!! I’m sorry Holly!! I know how much you must miss it – especially the mental side of it, which is obviously a HUGE part of running, clearly based on today’s post! You are right running does equal awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Man I wish I would have read this before my lunchtime run. Loved the 1-sided huff puff conversation part. That’s how I felt about the run today. Huff and puff. I agree with so many of your reasons. Mine include:

    Enjoying being outside
    Enjoying running beside my husband
    Pushing myself and recognizing what my body is capable of
    Running b/c others can’t

    • I love your comments Heather – especially the last point, so true. Not everyone is able to run due to prior injury or whatever, so the sheer fact that we CAN run is a huge blessing. One I certainly don’t take for granted, at ALL.

  4. I run because I like to challenge myself. I run because I like to go farther each time. I run because it clears my head. I run because i feel good afterward. I run because it justifies a 2-hour nap after!!!

  5. I run because you make me. Just kidding. Kinda sorta ๐Ÿ˜‰ I run because it IS such a challenge for me, and I am going to conquer it, shin splints and all. I actually really do enjoy it, when it’s over (mostly – LOL) and it’s such a great workout. Thank you for intro’ing me to it sis (aka forcing!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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