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2/26/10 1:46 A

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I run because it makes me - me. It has become such big part of me. At this point it's a huge part of my identity. I might be slow one day and fast on another but I am always a runner. I started running because I'd always wanted to relive my grade school days when I was a sprinter. I also thought it would help me lose weight. It did but I have gotten so much more from running since I started. I no longer suffer from depression, fatigue, excessive illness and my leg muscles have never looked better since my kids were born! Lol. Now it's my hobby and I always want to improve and with running, I can. My goals continue on...and it's wonderful. Keep running everyone!

-Michelle
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2/17/10 12:05 A

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Wow, that was a loaded question for me. I started running to lose weight (I also ran in high school and was a size __, etc). Now and then I have motivational issues with my running (yeah let's not talk about this past weekend and the running I didn't do). So why am I running now? Because I want to (most of the time). Usually I have no problems working a 12hr shift in the ER and then running 2-3 miles. I feel awesome when I'm done (99.9% of the time). Only once have I ever said "I don't know what possessed me to do that" after running - it was way too hot and I ate right before.... Now on my days off I do feel guilty leaving my husband (also a new stay-at-home dad) and my 2yr old son behind while I go run. And if I wait for them to go to bed before I go to the gym, I usually end up writing it off. I want to run a half marathon this year, but we've recently began discussing adding to our family (after my hubby finds a job of course!!). So I don't know what my running future will be exactly, but I hope it's got a bunch of miles in it still. I'm aiming for 3.5 miles tonight (a weird number I know, but I'm trying to make a training schedule fit my schedule).

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2/16/10 7:52 P

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Why do I run...I was a distance runner in high school (30 year class reunion this year) Where has the time gone? I started my weight loss doing more wogging but would challenge myself to run telephone pole to telephone pole. It got to a point where that was not enough and I just keep going further. When I met my weight loss goal I needed another goal and the 5K became it. That awesome feeling I remember from high school is back!

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.


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2/16/10 6:29 P

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I run because its a challenge for me, and I desperately want to be good at it. It is such a challenge but gives me such a good feeling afterwards!
Plus, it is the best stress reliever! Whenever I need to relax I love taking a quick jog.

xo -- Rachel


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2/16/10 3:56 P

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My reason for running has changed since I initially started. I initially started running because I figured it would be the best cardio activity to help me lose the weight I need to lose. So, I started running and signed up for a 5K so I would be forced to do the work. But then I ran that first 5K and the feeling was amazing!

So...now I run for the sense of accomplishment it gives me, because everytime I run, I can visibly notice that I'm able to breathe easier or run a little faster. I'm all about results (I'm a Type A...go figure!). The results I've seen...that's the reason I run now. Each time I run now, I am trying to breathe even better or beat my time...the competition with myself to see how far I can go...those are my reasons for running.

Melanie

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2/16/10 12:25 P

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My why?

Zombie Apocalypse.

Haha. A little tongue in cheek, I know. My husband and I joke that we need to be able to run a couple of miles easily in case we ever need to run for our lives! (As would be the case in a Zombie Apocalypse!)The main point behind my why is because I think I SHOULD be able to run. There is nothing physically wrong with me. I should appreciate that God has given me a strong body and use it accordingly.

"I've got a perfect body, 'cause my eyelashes catch my sweat." -Regina Spektor-

"Transformation is not a future event. It is a present activity." -Jillian Michaels-

"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now." -Zig Ziglar-


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2/16/10 9:41 A

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Nancy - that high will come!! And it is worth every struggle it took to get there.

I run now because I want to complete a 1/2 marathon in May. I also LOVE the calorie burn that running gives me. Allows me to eat more calories and still lose weight.

~ Shirley



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2/16/10 8:23 A

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Sorry to hear that Shirley, we are in the same boat too, hang in there.

I'm running/jogging right now because I never have and at this point in my life I am not afraid to take on a new challenge that may push me out of my comfort zone a bit. Just started so I'm not yet getting that 'runners high'!



**~Nancy~**
Northern N.J. (EST)

"Where there's a will, there's a way"

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall"


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2/16/10 8:13 A

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Okay - I'm a couple weeks & a couple days behind. Sorry, team. I'm adjusting to life with a laid-off husband.

This week, I think we need to review WHY we run. Our "why" is the thing that will keep us going when it seems too hard. Share your why with us.

If running has been a struggle for you, maybe your "why" needs to change. Or if you haven't even started running - you'll need to discover your why.

I'd encourage you to write your why somewhere that you will see it regularly. Then when you are tempted to skip a run - you can read the reason why you shouldn't!!





~ Shirley



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