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Why I Run

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I saw Serene_Me's blog about "Why I Run" and thought it was a great idea. Since hers, I see there have been a few more - I guess it's a good bandwagon to jump onto!

My dad started running when I was about 8 and continued for another 30 years or so. I remember he going on runs every morning - rain, snow, heat, whatever - I don't think he knew what a rest days were. He'd come back all sweaty but always in a good mood. We slept in the race shirts he acquired over the years. He is/was such a geek (I say that lovingly) if he drove past a runner he'd give him/her a thumbs up. As a middle schooler, I'd look the other way in total embarrassment. Now I understand it. ( He walks daily now - he has some leg issues and walking is easier on them.)

Mostly because of my dad, I thought many times through the years that it would be cool to say "I'm a runner" - not that I did anything about it. Of course, I didn't want to get as gross and sweaty as my dad - to me, it would mean I was out of shape (although, I knew my dad was in shape). I was stuck in the fear of not being able to do it. Little did I know - almost all of us can do it - if we want to and we try.

When I started Spark, I knew I needed to start exercising. I'd get on the treadmill and read a book while I was walking. I decided one day to run a little - went for about 30 seconds. Emailed a good friend of mine who is an avid runner and asked her if the pain goes away. She assured me that it does just work through it. She was right.

For a good while, I wasn't sure I even liked running. I'd try to run a couple miles, walk some. Finally, I made a goal - 5 miles by my 40th birthday. I found a plan, trained and accomplished my goal - I was hooked.

I run because it has taught me to let go of fear
I run because there may be pain - but it goes away. A metaphor for life
I run because it reminds me that I can do anything that I put my mind to.
I run because it is slowly teaching me competing against others if useless - it is best to compete against myself
I run because I enjoy a plan and a goal.
I run because running clothes come in fun colors!
I run becuase going a new distance (even if it's a half mile) is a new accomplishment.
I run because it adds an extra bounce to my step during the day.
I run because many races are for charity - so I'm giving back while getting exercise
I run because it gives me emotional strength, a sense of confidence
I run becuase it's "me" time
I run because it require more heart and mind than special talents.
I run because my lungs and legs feel good
I run becuase it's setting a good example for my nieces and nephews
I run because it's great to have status updates of "I ran 7 miles today" - some days, it's still unbelievable that I do that.
I run because I feel a sense of community with millions of other runners - ones that I could give a thumbs up to while driving by (not that I would)

I run because I love saying .... I'm a runner!

Happy National Running Day


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
COWGIRL888 10/5/2011 7:56PM

    Well said!! After every run is over it's such a sense of accomplishment! I love the list and as I get more into this running journey I know I will identify more strongly with each point on your list. Love the blog!

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ECASPERS 7/31/2011 5:20PM

    I really like your blog. Very inspirational!

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KGLOVER71 7/28/2011 2:09PM

    I read this awhile back but was reading it from my phone, not my computer, so I didn't respond. I love it. I just may try to come up with a list of my own one of these days. I LOVE your list. And running clothes DO come in fun colors! Happy running!

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TWINZMOM7 7/13/2011 9:06AM

  LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! And I'm doing this for me...won't be able to until tonight after girls are in bed, but I can't wait. Thanks for the motivation. emoticon

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TERRYT55 7/5/2011 3:59PM

    Great blog........I love your list and will probably steal it! You write better than I ever will! I never thought I could call myself a runner but I am. I'm slow BUT I do it! Thanks for sharing!

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COUNTING_DOWN 6/26/2011 11:00PM

    Love it!

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MADDEELOU 6/21/2011 8:42PM

    This is a great blog. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on becoming a runner!

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FLYINGB16 6/11/2011 7:37AM

    Thank you for sharing such a great blog! A lot of our reasons are the same. Now I think I should do a running blog as well. LOL


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ELAOPET 6/10/2011 6:27PM

    Oh....OH! OOOH! I LOVE THIS! LOVE, LOVE, L-O-V-E it!!
I will copy it on my usb and go some place they have a printer and print it out and frame it, put it on my wall - that's just how much I LOVED IT!

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ESBINSB 6/7/2011 1:41AM

  Hi. Good Blog - I used to run, I want to run I embrace your list

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KALISWALKER 6/5/2011 12:03AM

    emoticon emoticon

I loved your blog, and it will help me focus on what I need to do push harder and farther with my fitness. The time has been flying by, I joined in 2008 too and it great to see we have both kept Sparking. I appreciate your friendship!

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ADMIST5711 6/4/2011 2:36PM

    This was such an awesome blog. I felt inspired and pumped up just 'running' down your reasons for RUNNING! It is amazing how much we learn about ourselves - when we put ourselves out there - and challenge ourselves. When we stretch beyond what we think our limits are. We grow beyond where our imagination might even take us. I bet before you started running, those bullet points you mentioned, were far from you what you thought you could accomplish! You are an inspiration. Keep up the fervor! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BILLALEX70 6/2/2011 8:23PM

    LOVE it!

This was a great blog and I'm glad our running paths have crossed. See you on a starting line soon!

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CAROLANN27 6/2/2011 7:35PM

    I love your list!! I remember well the blog you wrote the first time you said "I'm a runner." It's so exciting!! I love your enthusiasm.

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KAYEGURL08 6/2/2011 12:59PM

    Just loved it! emoticon

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MSSUNBUG 6/2/2011 12:55PM

    I love this blog! Thanks so much for sharing. I relate on so many levels. I may just do one of my own, thanks for the inspiration!

Sending you good wishes. Sorry to be so out of touch, but I hope you are well!

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LYNNANN43 6/2/2011 9:16AM

    I smiled at the embarrassed you when your dad was giving the thumbs up:-)

And BOO YAH to bright, obnoxious running colors!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/2/2011 7:06AM

    Great blog!

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DARK_CINDERELLA 6/2/2011 12:28AM

    Loved this!

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WONDERJUL 6/1/2011 11:07PM

    I loved your blog.
A big thumbs up to you. I also love feeling part of the running community. Only other runners understand.

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JONEIL513 6/1/2011 10:09PM

    awesome blog! I'm glad you found something you love, Happy National Running Day!!!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 6/1/2011 10:08PM

    Hmmm... I think a run is in order for me tomorrow:) You rock!

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BEANPOD77 6/1/2011 10:03PM

    Love this blog! I have a few (non Spark) friends who are just starting, and I am going to share your words..( Hope you dont mind)..While my own running is on hold for now ( oooohhhhh how I miss it!!) I would like to think I can do some small part to encourage or inspire others to give it a shot!
Keep it up! ( hope to see you at jasr next year ..maybe I will be able to run by then...she types hopefully )..

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OMAHAMAMA 6/1/2011 9:54PM

    This is an awesome post! Thank you for saying all of that! I just started a C25K program this week and my goal is also to say "I'm a runner." It is so great that your dad was your inspiration - I hope to do the same for my girls someday.
Here is a big "THUMBS UP" to you!


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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 6/1/2011 9:53PM

  I loved the story about your dad, and how you are no following in his footsteps! And you list of why you love to run was great! Keep it up!

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