Yesterday, Jess over at Flying Feet in Faith posted about five reasons why she runs – so here’s my post!! Check her blog out, she’s super speedy and fun to follow!
- It’s all about me. When I run, I can leave my phone at home and just unplug. I get to pick where, when, how far, how fast, etc. Do I want music, or do I want to just zone out? It’s all up to me. Whether I get to run for two miles or 20 miles, it’s time that I get on my own terms. It gives me time to take a breath, be a little selfish, enjoy life and being outdoors.
- Or, it’s all about me and my friends. I’ve made so many amazing friendships just because of this sport. Most of my closest friends are people I’ve met by showing up at races, group runs, and being part of the running community. I’ve made friends all over the country that I stay in touch with. Running introduced me to people to run with, since we all share the same passion. I’ve made friends that will travel to races with me because they have the same crazy goals. I’ve made friends to cross train with, and just hang out. I couldn’t imagine my life without these people!
- Oh, the places you’ll go. I love to travel – probably as much as I love to run. So when I began running, I also saw the potential to travel while accomplishing a big goal. Trying to accomplish the whole 50 state marathon goal has already taken me to places I never imagined I’d experience. Like Alaska. The places I’ve gotten to see and experience up to this point have been nothing short of incredible.
- A license to mow food. Also something I probably just as much as running is eating. There’s really no food that I don’t like. I particularly enjoy pizza (…in large quantities…every single Friday night…). And dessert…any dessert. Major sweet tooth here. While I do try to make good food choices, it’s nice to know that because I am consistently running I can relax a little.
- A lesson in life and a sense of accomplishment. Running doesn’t come easy to me. I was not that girl that could qualify for Boston on my first try. My first marathon was a 4:52:14, a far cry from my current 3:06 PR or my recent 3:14 at Boston. It took me five marathons to qualify for Boston – and even then, it was only by 11 seconds (and under the old standards, when women under 34 needed a 3:40!). I put in a lot of time and I have to work for every single second. Regardless of what I do (or don’t do), I get injured often. I’m always beginning the process of building back up (both miles and speed) time and time again. But it’s taught me not to quit, and that accomplishing your goals is worth fighting even the hardest battles for. Running has taught me about perseverance, commitment and consistency. Any PR I hit or goal I accomplish serves as a reminder that if you want something badly enough, you will move mountains to get it. I feel like all of these lessons translate over into life in general and will hopefully shape me to being a better person in general.
Why do you run?