Why do I run?
I met up with a group of friends earlier this week and got into a discussion about running.
I had at one point blurted out “I actually don’t really like running” and all conversations went dead and all eyes were on me. “But I thought you LOVED running,” one asked, “ you have that blog and you are always doing it and talking about it”.
Then I got to thinking about why do I do it? Why run if I don’t like it?
I sat down last night to gather my thoughts and write about why I run. I decided to take a quick break and read a little bit more of “Zen and the Art of Running” by Larry Shapiro, PhD to get a more zen-like perspective on why I run.
No joke, I came across this Zen Practice in my reading last night.
I took that as a sign that I was supposed to really figure out why I like to run, so here goes…
My reason for starting running was to help with my weight loss. I thought running was the fastest way to burn a lot of calories so it made sense that running would be the answer.
I have been running for one year now and cannot attribute much weight loss to solely running. But what I have found is that I am able to push myself beyond a limit I never thought was possible.
Seriously, a year ago I would have thought you were crazy if you told me I would be training for a marathon.
But I run because it’s an amazing accomplishment to say that I can.
In my short time running I have seen all the networking opportunities and the community running creates. I have since created a running group with friends and will be joining the Team In Training group at the end of the month. I hope to gain a wealth of knowledge and a group of new running buddies!
I also feel the benefits from running too. There is something so freeing about running and when you are all done it’s a great feeling. Whether you just ran a mile or 6 miles you feel good!
So what’s not to LOVE about it? To be honest, it’s freakin’ hard.
It takes time and commitment to strap on those running shoes every other day and make yourself go out there and follow a training plan. It takes money to fund all the gear and races. It takes a beating on your ego when look down at your garmin and wished you could have finished just a little bit faster. Sometimes you just don’t want to get up and face the horrible weather just get in your scheduled run. I could go on and on why it’s hard…
But in the end, the bib numbers on the wall, the finishing medals, the pile of worn out running shoes, the friendships made, the memories and the smell of sweat and tears is what is left. Running is something that no one can take away from me. The small milestones I have reached and the feelings of proudness that has overcome me every single time I beat my own personal record. That is why I run.
I run for me- to prove to myself that anything is possible. And most of the time I don’t like it, but as I have said before, It’s usually the things that you don’t like that help you grow the most. There is a reason I don’t like it, and because of that reason I have to push a little harder.
Why do you run?