WHY DO I RUN?
I run because I can. I do not suffer from a neuromuscular disease, cancer, MS, or any other illness that would not allow me to run or walk. There are hundreds upon thousands of men, women, and children that do suffer from such illness, and diseases that would love to run for just one day. The lord has given me the gift to run and a whole world to do it in and by not I am wasting that gift, and slapping those that cannot in the face.
I run because there is a world to explore. By getting out in the world and running I get to see the world from a whole new perspective. It allows me to take the time to notice the colors, smell’s, sounds, and hidden surprises that are everywhere. These things are always changing and so even if it’s the same route even a change in the time of day or time of year brings out something new and exciting. Races are always popping up in different places, which also give me opportunity to see a different town and explore it. It is pretty awesome to be out on a run and watch the sun rise from a mountainside, or crest a hill a see all the lights from town on your way back home.
I run because it helps strengthen the bond between my wife and I. By sharing our love of running my wife and I have lots of quality time together. We help encourage each other and push each other to do our best. My wife is my biggest fan and sometimes I don’t think I could finish some the races as strong as I have if it weren’t for her voice cheering me on at the finish. It makes me happy to see her digging it out and pushing hard at the end of a run or race and then feeling excited to have finished. It makes the adventure all the more special when you have someone special to share it with. Running helps bring my wife and I closer.
I run because it makes me a better person. Running helps one find inner strength, motivation, courage, determination, and endurance and apply it. There are no motivational speakers, books, or Dr. Phil shows to glean this from it has to come from inside yourself and you have to find it. Once all of these pieces come together your only limitation is you. Running has been a vehicle for me to do this and for that I am not only a better runner, but also a better person.
I run because I hope to inspire. I hope to inspire my children and be a role model. I don’t need them to be runners, but if they happen to be so then awesome, I just hope to inspire them to get out and be active and healthy. I hope that by sharing my running stories with friends, co-workers, and family and by them witnessing that a person can train and work and set goals that I inspire them to also be active an healthy.
I run because it therapeutic. Running is one of my best coping skills and helps me deal with stress, sadness, or whatever life throws at me. It feels good to go out on a run and be able to purge yourself of all of this and return new. Its not running from my problems but running them out.
I guess running is more to me that just a sport its like a best friend that has always been there. I can’t imagine my life without running and will continue to do so as long as I am able. I appreciate you reading this and if you aren’t a runner I hope it inspires you and others to get out, lace up, and go for a run.