Friday, February 3, 2012

The reasons I run...

I have begun reading many a running blog.  I have seen a few bloggers post about the reasons why they run.  I really hadn't thought about it much before, I started running because I had weight to lose and it was the quickest and most effective way to burn the most amount of calories possible.  But, I have kept running for many other reasons.  Without further ado: my list of why I run! 

  • I run because I can.  Until about a year ago, I honestly didn't think I could run.  I didn't want to run.  But now that I know I can, it seems silly not to.
  • Running makes me a better mother, wife, sister, daughter, employee and friend. - my mood is much improved after a few miles - just ask my husband!
  • I want to be faster.  It's a lot to ask for, but who knows, it could happen!
  • Running makes me feel strong - I like to feel strong
  • Running has taught me things about myself that nothing else ever has before
  • Running helps me to be healthy enough to chase around my children and hopefully my future grandchildren!
  • When other people talk about running marathons, I would like to be able to participate in the conversation.  I can't wait until I can call myself a marathon finisher!
  • I really want my daughters to look up to me and want to be like me - there is nothing that makes me more proud than when one of my kids says they are proud of me and love me!
  • I really like making new friends that love running too - they get the madness that is running
  • I run so I can inspire others to do the same - I had someone that inspired me and I hope to be able to return the favor someday
  • I run to have quiet.  To quiet the voices in my head that tell me I can't do things and that I am not good enough.  Running reminds me that I can do anything I want and that I am indeed good enough.
  • Not one time have I ever regretted getting up and going for a run - not once!
  • Running is my time to be just Jen - I don't have to answer to anyone.  I can reflect on what is going on in my life or I can talk to my girlfriend while we are out for a long run on a Saturday morning.  Just be me.
  • Running has become the one true thing that I do for myself.  Running keeps me sane.  It reminds me that I can do anything.  It reminds me that I am a strong woman.



Two of the best reasons I can think of to keep running and fighting for my health!

This is just a spattering of why I get up at insane hours of the day and slip on my running shoes.  It would be impossible to be able to capture all of my thoughts on "paper" because some of them are not easily articulated.  Anyone that has been out running knows exactly what I mean.  Everyone has their own connection to running - why they do it, why they started, why they keep going. 

What's yours?  Tell me why you run. 

Be happy and healthy my friends!

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