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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

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