On Tuesday, I posted about how people think I am crazy when I tell them how far I ran,
Well today I want to talk about why I run.
I think everyone has their own reasons for starting…
This is me back in 2008 with my younger sister, before I started running.
Wanting to lose weight played a huge role in why I started, but it has become so much more than that.
I found that the more I ran, the more I wanted to run.
I grabbed a hold of me in a way that no other sport ever has (and I swam competitively and played water polo in college).
I began to identify myself as a runner.
I might not have been the fastest, but I ran gosh darn it, I ran.
I then decided to train for a marathon.
The task seemed so daunting and so impossible, but yet at the same time possible and attainable.
This is me finishing the 2009 Two Cities Marathon in Fresno, Ca.
I did it!
And that was it. After that race, I was hooked.
Running was officially my “thing”.
Even to this day, people still ask me why I do it. Here is a short list of the reasons why I run:
- Because I am a runner and that’s what runners do.
- Because the feeling of completing a race is amazing.
- Because I want to treat my body with the respect it deserves.
- Because I like to set goals and then achieve them.
- Because I like to do things most people could never dream of.
- Because I like to push myself.
- Because I like the looks I get when I tell people I ran a marathon or a half marathon
- Because running makes everything in my life seem better.
- Because I love to be able to shut my brain off and run.
- Because I feel so much better after I run.
- Because I like to compete with myself and others.
- Because I will settle for nothing less than being the best I can be, running is no different.
- Because I am proud of myself and of my achievements.
- Because I love a challenge.
- As much as I hate getting up in the morning, a early run is the most peaceful time of day.
- Because it fuels my life.
- Because a Runner’s High is legit.
- Because running is where I connect with God.
- Because it has changed me to see the person I want to be and become it.
- Because it makes me happy.
- If I didn’t run, what else would I do?
I honestly think I could go on, and on, and on, but….
Can you relate to my list?
Has running changed you? If so, how?