People start running for a variety of reasons. Some run because they want to lose weight, improve their health, compete in races or try something new. Share your reasons for running.
- I run to overcome the obstacles that few people in this world even acknowledge exist.
- —Guest Kaccie
Connect with Life itself
- Due to my thalassemia, I find running so difficult and challenging that it pushes me to the point where I have to connect with the force that is reason for life. It is beyond the pain barrier. Running allows me to feel me by connecting to my soul.
- —Guest life force
- I used to say that running was for those being chased by a pack of wild animals. I changed my tune when my mother was diagnosed with liver cancer. You see, my relationship with my mom has always been complicated - punctuated with emotional and geographical distance. I always told myself I kept my distance for self-protection, but when I got the call from my dad to come home, well, my years of avoidance came to an end. At the end of the day, she is still my mom and I love her even though it hasn't always been easy between us. Anyway, that call brought back a lot of emotional baggage that I made me feel depressed and moody. After days of feeling somber and sleep deprived, I felt compelled to start running. I love the way I feel exhausted afterward - too tired to think and feel anything but physical pain. Running sort of became my drug of choice - some people cope with alcohol, drugs, food, etc. I find comfort in running, a much healthier alternative.
- —Guest N.H.
- To see where the road will lead.... It may take some time, but I will get there. Run FAST or be LAST!
- —Guest Janet
- I remember the only reason why I started running was just because I promised my friend I would do track with her sophomore year. Even though I moved, I still practice. I love it so much! It's just me and the trail. I have time to think, I feel empowered. When I turn that curb and reach the canal it's such a beautiful view... It's my favorite finish line. :)
- —Guest Rose
Why I run...
- I honestly run to run away from my fears. A good source is "Born To Run", a book by Christopher McDougall that has TONS of tips on running.
- —Guest Bizzy
It's Totally AWESOME!
- I started out trying differnt sports to see what I could possibly be good at. I tried everything from football, to tennis, and nothing seemed to fit, until I heard about my friend doing a sport called "Cross Country". I got into it, and after running for a full year, I was at the top of my team. High school came, and I tried out for the team, AND MADE VARSITY AS A FRESHMAN!! I was so pleased with myself, that I went out and ran another five miles afterwards! Ever since, I have felt great, looked great, and always had a positive attitude, thanks to my running......
- —Guest Anonomys
It is my spiritual practice
- I run for those who cannot run and for those who will not run. I am blessed with health, so I offer my miles on behalf of those who don't have the time or the condition or even the desire to be healthy.
- —Guest Leo
... and why not?
- Running has many benefits for physical and mental health. It is a cheap and simple sport, which has good results in no time.
In my case, I started with running for health reasons and is currently continuing because it makes me feel good and it shows both inside and out.
- —Guest Daniel (Spain)
I just love it
- I started to run in the military and just grew to love it. I am not real fast but I feel great every day I run. It helps me start the day and makes me feel the best I can. It is my way to challenge myself.
- —Guest MTGal
to feel good about myself
- I began running 4 months ago to lose weight for my wedding and now I am loving the way I am looking and the way I am feeling. I have very high anxiety and running calms me down and honestly makes me a nicer person!
- Love to run and couldn't imagine not running. Only time I really like myself.
- —Guest west
son's soccer practice
- I just recently started jog/run/walk routine on the slopey park trails. It makes me feel so strong when I'm finished, can't wait till next practice,when I'll try to run more than anything!!
- —Guest adri
- Relatively new to running but absolutely love it. Feel healthy every day and am so glad I've taken it up.
- —Guest clara
Just Feels Good!
- I started running about 2 years ago and I love the feeling that I have before, during and after the run. I look forward to being out, I love feeling strong during the run, and I love feeling tired, sweaty and achy after! I feel empowered by knowing "I can do this".
- —Guest Steffers