Running Love.


“I never thought that one sport could change my outlook on life… Until I became a runner.”

While surfing the internet the other day, I came across this quote and it struck a cord within me. This quote is so incredibly true, for me and for so many others. Running can truly change your life, as it changed mine in an incredible way.

When I started this journey, I was an evening smoker, an occasional gym go-er, an unhealthy eater, about 60 lbs overweight and was an extremely depressed/unhappy person. I was lazy, bored and unfocused.

I started out slow… walking mainly, followed by slow jogs. I gained momentum and confidence. I started losing weight and then everything changed. I started exercising regularly, attempted to start eating better and eventually quit smoking.

Running grabbed a hold of me, in a way that nothing had prior. I felt like I found myself and I loved it. I was a runner.

I realized that I didn’t have to join a club, wear fancy clothes, buy expensive shoes… I just had to go out and run. Running became a dependable friend that I could turn to when I was sad, happy, stressed, tired, or angry. There was no membership, no qualifying time, no specific distance I had to run before I was in the “club”- I just had to do it.

Seven years later, my love for running is still going strong. I have run 16 Half Marathons and 2 full marathons. I have committed to running my 3rd marathon- my most challenging race yet, the San Francisco Marathon; another goal I never thought possible 7 years ago.

If you are a runner, you feel that love with every ounce of your being.

If you see me running on the road, give me a “runner wave” because you and I know that we share something special.

I lift my water bottle and say “Cheers!”… TO OUR LOVE OF RUNNING!

-RatherBeRunnin’

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20 thoughts on “Running Love.

  1. 42Y on 42K says:

    I am right there with you! I never would have moved on from walking to running if noone hal told me I could. I feel really stupid about it now. I love running and have lost so many great runs -because I didn’t do it before!! I ran my first half 14 months after my first 30 sec of running (without dying) and three weeks later I fan a full marathon. I now train for an ultra in June, 23 months after those first 30 seconds. It changed me completly.

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  2. EricMWalk says:

    Great article as I completely agree with your love for running. I lost touch with running for so long but now that I have gotten back into it I am so glad I did. Also, good luck on the San Francisco Marathon this year!

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  3. fionajarrett says:

    I’m totally with you on this. Running totally changed how I feel about everything and just my outlook on life. Calms me, excites me, reassures me and just generally always give me a feeling about life. Love it!

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  4. TaleOfTwoRuns says:

    This is give or take where I was when I started running seriously! I’d always run for fun and exrcise mainly playing sports but I was a smoker and wasn’t eating healthy. I loved the post 🙂 I m sure you ‘ll rock your marathon!!

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