Why I Run.

There are a number of reasons as to why people run. A simple look around the internet and running blogs will bring up many responses, ranging anywhere from “I like to stay fit” to “I want to lose/maintain weight” or “I like the individuality”. The reasons can be as common or unique as ever, whether you’re asking a veteran-188 marathon-50 ultra marathon completing fanatic or a beginner that just started last month.

I can’t remember my first run. I didn’t have some sort of epiphany, where I woke up one morning and went “OMG. I should TOTALLY go for a run”. I wasn’t trying to lose weight [maybe I was? I can’t remember], and now that I’m racking my brain, I’m thinking maybe I started running to get in shape for Basic Training. I do, however, remember my first race, as it was held during Basic Training. We ran it as a flight [in formation], and while I can’t recall our time, I do remember coming in 3rd overall in the Female Formation group.

In the past I’ve always just run, well, ‘because’. I never did speed work, or focused on my form, I just kind of meandered on, checking my pace every now and again, ho-humming my way around until I got tired. In Ohio, I ran on trails, iPod-less, and often Garmin-less. Looking back, at that time, it was pure bliss. Not a care in the world, and checking whatever baggage I had, at the trail entrance.

Of course, as life goes on, the ‘pure bliss’ runs change. It has shifted from trails in Ohio, to runs with The Husband through the middle of San Antonio, and of course to the jogging stroller ones of today [minus this one]. So why all these sentimental thoughts? Why all the looking back? Because never in a million years, did I think my ‘pure bliss’ moment would be 6.45 miles, all of which looked like this:

But it did earlier this evening. I was itching to just run. And I loved every second of it.

I think I have narrowed My Reason to Run down a bit, for the time being. Hell, maybe in 20 years, I’ll run because the kids are out of the house and I won’t have anything else to do. For now, sure – I do it for health, to show my daughter that fitness is important, and to selfishly eat cupcakes by the dozen. Duh. In the past few days, it’s sadly apparent that running is a form of therapy for me. That is a tough pill to swallow, and I kind of feel like an addict of sorts saying that I NEED to do something to keep my glass half full. Running means a lot to me; a way to relieve stress, to have ‘me’ time, and to be honest I just see the fitness aspect of it as an added bonus. Anyway, this is all just word-vomit at this point, and the mess of Snowmaggedon isn’t helping my [lack of] thought process.

I would like to thank my husband for putting up with my grumpy ass for the past 36 hours. He is an amazing guy; the most happy go lucky individual ever, who will cook like a fiend, make a mean coffee, look after Silly, make my bowl of ice cream, and then make up a song on the spot about it all. I love him lots, and every day I amazed that he sticks with me. I’m not even kidding.

In saying all this, Can I just blame the snow? Is it ok to PMS with Mother Nature?? Cuz I notice that she’s kind of being a bitch.

SO. Tell me, why do you run? Have your reasons changed over the years? Could you *gasp* do without it??

Why I Run.

7 thoughts on “Why I Run.

  1. running is my therapy for sure! I need to clear my mind, I need to detox byt sweating, I need to just move!! I love the sound of the pavement or the treadmill. Its soothing, yes I am a weirdo.

    1. oh yay!! another person like me!! i actually stopped listening to my music for a few minutes, to hear the treadmill just thump away. oddly soothing, but i’m sure i won’t miss it in the spring time!

  2. Great post! I know what you mean about the original reasons for running, they have fallen away. Lucky that you even have a treadmill option for this crazy weather. I managed only 1 of my 4 planned runs this week. Can’t wait for spring!

  3. Running is pure Therapy for me most of the time. But sometimes I stress myself if I dont get my run in. I hate the treadmill and am so ready for warmer temps.

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  4. Running Lessons of Life

    I am stronger than I thought–physically and mentally.
    I have willpower and defeat at the same time.
    I am successful at running; however one can never stop;
    Running is journey and not a destination;
    There is no finish line to running;
    Some days I feel like I am flying and other days I feel like I dragging a train
    I will enjoy running at 70 like I was running at 17;
    There will always be someone faster, stronger, younger, skinnier, happier, smarter, funnier, prettier and more successful than me, but I will still enjoy running
    There will always be someone slower, weaker, older, larger, sadder and less successful than me, but I will still enjoy running
    It’s OK to focus on just me sometimes.
    Running makes us all equal no matter what our skill level.
    Running hills is hard and exhilarating
    Running keeps you “grounded”
    We are all equal when we run;
    A bad day of running beats any day at the office
    Injuries is test of commitment to running, and usually just a temporary indicator to a life of running
    Exercise is exhausting–and exhilarating at the same time.
    It’s OK to walk and enjoy the exercise
    Listen to your heart rather than try to please someone else.
    When you think you cannot go anymore, you really can go much much farther.
    When you think you are the best, there is always someone out there better.
    Slow and steady is MUCH better than fast, then really slow.
    Taking a rest day is sometimes as important as running that speed workout or running long.
    Complete a marathon and most other things in life seem easy.
    Being tired is no excuse to stop.
    Sleeping and rest is very important.
    A morning run will make you more productive throughout the day.
    When you run, 99% of people think your crazy.
    Running disciplines your mind as well as body.
    When you give up, hard work is wasted and is not acceptable
    All that really matters is that you are doing your best no matter how fast you are
    Running and life is like a wave, you go up and down and up and down.
    Through hard work and determination, you can get just as far as they can—if not farther
    Sometimes it takes a while for results to show when you work hard, but hard work does pay off.
    Once we think we have it made, we realize we don’t. It humbles you!
    The more you run, the easier it becomes, but not every day will it be easy
    Anything is better than nothing even a little running.
    Running has taught me humility and patience.
    Life is too short to worry about to compare running with other runners
    Life is like a marathon and not a sprint
    Pain lets you know you are still alive
    All it takes is all you got
    Nothing takes place of persistence
    It never gets easier, you just like it more
    There are no shortcuts to running
    Running is real and relatively simple…but it ain’t easy
    Running is a mental sport…and we’re all insane!”
    In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say ‘I have finished.’

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