I think there are some universal reasons that all runners have for getting out there day after day and then there are some reasons that are unique to each individual. I think my reasons include some from each group. So, why do I run despite the injuries, the heat, the bugs and the discomfort?
- Health – When I first decided to start running after having kids, I started with a Walk Away the Pounds DVD because I was terrified that if I went for a walk outside I might drop dead. Now, that was 90% just me being paranoid, but having worked up to running half marathons, I feel much better about my cardiovascular health.
- Fitness – When we took our three-week cross country trip to the Grand Canyon back in 2008, there were several adventures I skipped out on because I was not fit enough to do them. We hiked down into the canyon about an hour or so and then hiked back out. I really wanted to go further and even take on the rim-to-rim hike, but I knew I didn’t have the fitness level for that. I want to be fit enough to tackle any adventure that presents itself! Running helps me with that goal.
- Community – I certainly didn’t start running with the idea of making friends or being part of a larger community, but I’ve found that it’s a wonderful side benefit. I’ve made friends from all over the country and I feel like I’m in a circle of friends.
- Adventures – I love exploring new places and new race courses. Signing up for a race in a new place gives me an excuse to travel and have adventures!
- Self-esteem – It’s so easy to let our definitions of ourselves get narrowed down to our “grown-up” roles. In my case that’s wife, mom and CPA. Becoming a runner has let me rediscover my inner athlete and to give myself a sense of self that’s been missing.
So, those are some of the reasons I run… Why do you run?