50 Good Reasons to Run

By , SparkPeople Blogger
I started running several years ago and could barely handle 10 minutes of it. But I kept at it—and I'm sure glad I did.  Three-and-a-half years, countless races, and thousands of miles later, "runner" is now a big part of my personal identity.  I run in rain, snow, sleet, wind. I run through every season and at every time of day. I run for doughnuts and even through muddy obstacles—for the fun of it. Some may think that's crazy, but other members of this special club understand. When you choose to join (we're always welcoming new members), you'll understand it, too.
To celebrate my fellow runners and the sport that has my heart, I created this list of all the reasons why I (love to) run.
  1. I run to leave my troubles behind.
  2. I run to move forward.
  3. I run to be alone.
  4. I run to be with others.
  5. I run to push myself to my limits.
  6. I run to test myself.
  7. I run to compete with others.
  8. I run to compete against myself.
  9. I run to think about everything.
  10. I run to think about nothing.
  11. I run to listen to my heart.
  12. I run to listen to my thoughts.
  13. I run to listen to my music.
  14. I run to listen to the quiet.
  15. I run to take in the scenery.
  16. I run to explore a new city.
  17. I run to work out wherever I am.
  18. I run to get from point A to B.
  19. I run to save on gas.
  20. I run to just get out and go.
  21. I run to break in my shoes.
  22. I run to buy new shoes.
  23. I run to salute the sun.
  24. I run to be in nature.
  25. I run to have a routine.
  26. I run to be spontaneous.
  27. I run to breathe.
  28. I run to relax.
  29. I run to energize.
  30. I run to reach new goals.
  31. I run to reach new heights.
  32. I run to reach new distances.
  33. I run to get sweaty.
  34. I run to become breathless.
  35. I run to get vitamin D.
  36. I run to manage my weight.
  37. I run to enjoy that dessert
  38. I run to be fit.
  39. I run to be healthy.
  40. I run to have great legs.
  41. I run to have great lungs.
  42. I run to be faster.
  43. I run to be stronger.
  44. I run to get better.
  45. I run to escape.
  46. I run to be present.
  47. I run to be mindful.
  48. I run to be a better athlete.
  49. I run to be a better person.
  50. I run to feel alive.
I run because I can. And as long as I can run, I will.

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Thanks! Report
JEWELZEE- 8/12/2018
I ran for a while. Loved it. Hard on the knees, though. Walking works for me now. Report
MURIEL20 8/11/2018
Running is NOT for everyone. Especially on a hard surface such as a road or sidewalk. Nor is breathing in lots of "fresh air" such as air in NYC and LA. At 78 years old I have learned that exercise in doors, on a treadmill, is much easier on the body. The slight cushioning is very desirable. I know two runners in their early 40's that are facing knee replacements. Not a happy thought. So give it some serious thought before you lace up those runners and head outdoors.
CHRIS3874 8/11/2018
Funny how being DIAGNOSED with asthma seems to be a death sentence to runners at least in my experience - yeah I knew there was something not right but
i still pushed my self Report
MOONDRAGON29 8/7/2018
I pick number 5 and 32 because I want to push myself to the limit until I have no energy left and wanting to reach a new distance that I have never done before. Report
KHALIA2 7/19/2018
A lot of good reasons to run. I have to learn to get there. Report
DWROBERGE 5/13/2018
Great article Report
KHALIA2 12/25/2017
Thanks for sharing, Coach Nicole. Great tips! Report
LEANJEAN6 12/21/2017
I run to leave my troubles behind--I love it! Report
Interesting read! Report
Great article! Report
I need to start running again! Report
Good article Report
Good stuff. Report
Walking is my drug of choice, but this is great! Report
love this Report
Love all of these and I love to run, it relaxes me and that is where I solved all my issues. Report
I wanted to refer real research to the last poster, but as often happens when I read a comment about the danger of running because "they know someone who" her page is "offline and unavailable" This happens a lot. Actually, statistically, runners suffer fewer joint problems than non runners. Of course you have to run smart. Don't increase too far or too fast too quickly. Stretch afterwards etc. And if you hurt, STOP! Also each pound adds 4 to 10 pounds of pressure on your knees, so watching your weight a good idea too. One reason not to run is if you don't like it. There are plenty of other ways to get exercise. Unfortunately, you can get hurt in a lot of them, so workout smart whatever you choose to do. Report
I don't want to sound like a negative downer, but I do suggest doing a Search on the damage running can do. It may not show up until older, but most likely it will show up in some way or another. A runner friend of mine can't run anymore due to terrible arthritis in her knees caused by her running. I have never been a runner because I had read years ago of the consequences of doing so. Just check it out is all I'm saying. Report
Thank you, Coach Nicole. Wonderful reasons to run or walk! So happy for these thoughts! Report
All inspiring and I wish I could run for any length of time. I find a good fast walk outside gives me many of this benefits. Report
Very inspiring reasons to run! Report
I actually take interval runs to manage my weight and relieve stress. It works like a charm for me. I often run to work things through with or without music. It depends on my mood. I ALWAYS feel better after an interval run. Report
41. I run to have great lungs. I have not been able to run for more than 10 minutes since I was diagnosed with asthma. I can now run twice as long after 8 years Report
I was a runner until I broke my ankle in April. Doctor says I'll be able to run again, but it will take a while. I have set a goal of running the Seven-Mile Bridge in Marathon next April, I should be close to 100% by then. Report
I used to run before life kicked me in the pants..... Report
This has really inspired me to start running. I was running for 5 minutes and Completely out of breath. I will run to stay healthy, And because I can, And that is reason enough. Report
Amen! Report
45. I run to escape.
You could reprint this article with a slight change in text... "I walk..." instead of "I run..."

I can't run because I have completely shattered knees and a hip replacement but I can walk and I do, about 32 miles per week normally. Report
Thanks for sharing. Report
I run because I can, and I know others are unable to!
Recovering from a minor injury, I'm finally back to about 3 miles/run. This list is completely in synch with what I love about running and what I missed during my recovery. Thanks so much! Report
What a motivating list. I could apply the same sentiments to Walking. Hoping to graduate to running soon. Report
Namaste Report
I love this list. I run with my daughter to help train with her for cross country!!! Report
I run to zone out and to meditate. Report
Great list! I love several reasons named on it. I am thankful the military introduced me to running on a regular basis. Now I do it as part of my work out routine. Report
Love the list!! Love, love, love to run!!! Report
#51 - because you have nothing better to do. Report
This is a very fantastic article you've written here. I actually like what you said, and its very motivating, too. Its all about being consistent, and having the willpower to do something without making excuses and limitations, such as the weather for instance. But still, this is a fantastic article. Report
Let's go for a fun. Report
now that I know it's national running day, I will Report
Nice reminder of why I like to run. Report
Loved it! Report
Wish I could run like a runner. I can barely jog without getting out of breath really fast -- and that's even when I'm in shape. My heart rate goes up way higher than it should at my age. But when I stick to the limits of how high my heart rate should be, it's boring! It hardly feels like I'm working hard enough. How do I fix that? Report
after reading your list--I had to write my own. Thanks for re-lighting my fire!
One of my favorite blogs in a long time. Report
I just want to drop a few more pounds before I start to run. Because too much weight is not good on the knees. Report