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 Life is better in motion!
Start/Current/Goal 191/180/145-155, 5ft10in tall mother of 4!
Pounds lost: 13.5
Fitness Minutes: (21,892) Posts: 86 2/17/10 12:05 A
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).
current weight: 174.2
Fitness Minutes: (55,384) Posts: 2,533 2/16/10 7:52 P
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.
current weight: 140.0
Fitness Minutes: (5,148) Posts: 101 2/16/10 6:29 P
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.
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.
Leader, 10K Training SparkTeam Co-Leader, The Beginners Running Club SparkTeam
Just breathe, let it go, and let the moment wash over you.
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-
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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