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Readers Respond: How do you stay motivated to run?

Responses: 68


Updated April 02, 2009

I run to thrive

And thrive I do... I embrace running as an honor. I love the ideas here. Thank you for sharing them. I mix my running with cross fit and zumba. Doesn't it feel so great when you finish. Good medicine in running.
—Guest Debadee

I run to Heal my Broken Heart

He broke up with me in a text message after being together for 4 years. I was so weak when I was with him. I run so that I remember that I can be strong without him.
—Guest Broken Heart

Quit Smoking

I started running to force myself to want to quit smoking. That was 2 months ago. I quit after a month of starting to run. What I didn't expect was that I would love running for a number of reasons. I have already run 1 5k and have both a 5k and a 4 mile this weekend. I am 43 years old and have never run before. I have no desire to smoke and I feel 10 years younger and I have no intentions of stopping now. I already have 3 more events scheduled.
—Guest Dewey

For a cause

I run to keep my husband's memory alive. My husband died at the age of 36 from complications of congenital heart and lung disease. I swore I would raise money for the hospitals that helped prolong his life as a child and an adult. In 10 months, I have raised over $2000 dollars, and it is just the beginning. I love my husband so much. He was a great motivator for me in life, and he still is.
—Guest SY

Because I can

Beause I may not be a model of athleticism, but I have two healthy legs, two healthy lungs and a healthy heart and it's both a waste of a relatively healthy body and a slap in the face to those less fortunate to not use them.
—Guest We Are Ninja

My Dad; My Mom

I just started jogging 9 days ago and I am hooked!!!! I want to complete a triathalon the year I turn 50 ... I have 2 yrs 5 months. Couple that with every day I visit my dad in his nursing home ( he is in a wheelchair along with the majority of the residence; except 1 .... she is 100!!!!). I am thankful every day that I have healthy legs. So I run for all those wonderful senior citizens I see each and everyday! They are truly my inspiration!
—Guest bonbon

Sign up for Races with a Friend

I keep signing up for races with a friend. We know we have to run to be ready for the next race and we don't flake out on our running dates. Plus we get to talking and the miles go by so much quicker.
—Guest Steph

Sell your car!

I lost my job therefore I lost my car too. I had no choice to move and live in city. I was 200lb that is over weight. 10 year ago, I used to be best runner in High School and many road race. I try save money spend on public transport... so I start walking at first then running. Now I can run 5 miles a day. 1 or 2 time a week I run more than 10 miles. My goal to run 10 miles a day. OFC I do get 1 to 2 rest day per week. Now I can save money for car.... I change my mind not buy car for 1 year. I knew I can do it! I do see some people sell their car and start run, cycle, walk, and other.
—Guest Sell your car!

Be happy. Run happy.

Doing a little meditation during your stretching before the run always puts me in the mood. Also it is a shown statistic that when you smile chemicals are released that make you happy. So for my first quarter mile I try to smile to make me HAPPY!
—Guest Gracietown

All for my man!

The man of my life motivates me to run. He is just a little overweight like me -- not too bad, but when I see him trying his hardest, that's when I try my hardest. His whole family runs. His parents are marathoners. I'll have more fun with his family in my life if I could run marathons with them, so I work harder. If you have the person of your dreams next to you, and you want to be healthy and in shape for them, then get to running.
—Guest Kortnee

Running for my Life

I haven't quite got to the point yet where I actually enjoy running and I don't seem to get the "high" that everyone talks about. I run because I owe it to myself, I owe it to my body to keep healthy. Afterall, this is the only body I have. I'm getting faster and I'm getting better and I'm not sitting on my ass complaining about my aches and pains. I don't particularly like exercise but it's better than being dead. I'm 50 this year and I've passed for 35. I couldn't run without music though, that's a good motivator too!
—Guest Heeter_lyn

Find a buddy

I just started running outdoors last month, three days a week. My roommate is also on board so we each have a buddy to encourage and inspire each other, especially on days when we may be tempted to skip a run. Last night, we had bad energy and both agreed a run was where we has to take it. Feels good to know we have found a healthy outlet to explore together.
—Guest Bensonali

Wounded Warriors

My motivation is being passed by a wounded warrior. I'm a retired CW3 [Warrant Officer] with the Army for 27 years. Sometimes I let the negitivity convinence me not to run [I get out there anyway]. Then a soldier passes me with a prosthesis and booking at an unbelievable pace - now that's what I call motivation - that's my motivation - GO ARMY, GO ARMED SERVICES, GOD BLESS our military men and women hoorah
—Guest Dale Buran

it saves lives!

not mine, mind you. I'm referring to the people I interact with every day that just want to make me take the back of their favorite head and slam it againt the wall. It's my anger managment.
—Guest angry runner

My mother, my weight, myself.

I have three motivators for running. The first is my mother. She used to be able to walk on her own and I remember the things we used to do together when I was a child. Due to damage to her knees and weight issues from an untreated thyroid problem doctors deny she has, she is in a wheelchair. I remember how she used to be and see how she is now. The last thing she would ever want for me is to end up like her. My second motivator is my own struggle with weight. I developed a thyroid problem in college and blew up to 215 pounds. I keep one of the photos of me at my worst in my workout journal. My weight still fluctuates, but with running I know I'm doing everything to keep myself from going back there. The last reason is myself. I was struggling to get weight off and started on a treadmill walking for 30 minutes. The first time I could run 10 minutes outside and didn't want to die, I was hooked. I felt so elated and free that I haven't stopped. It brings me joy and peace.

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