National Running Day: I Run Because….

Today is National Running Day.  With the plethora of NRD emails in my inbox this morning, I knew that a “Why I Run” post was necessary on a day like today.

It’s no secret that I have never been a runner.  A grew up a dancer and a swimmer, but I couldn’t even run the mile for gym class.  I had no endurance, which is why I only swam 100 meter (4 laps) events at max and, trust me, I was not fast.  In fact, I wasn’t a runner until late spring last year and didn’t consider myself an actual runner until this year.  I thought to myself, “I’m not fast enough to call myself a runner” and “I don’t run far enough to call myself a runner.”

Turns out, none of those things are true because anyone who is trying is one.  It doesn’t matter how fast or how slow you go, if you love it or you don’t, whether you run 26.1 or 2.61.  Not everyone loves running, especially in the beginning and definitely not 100% of the time (We all have bad runs), but we still do it.

So, why do I do it?  I run because…

  • It makes me feel good.
  • It keeps me fit.
  • It keeps me healthy.
  • It’s fun (usually).
  • I can do it any time, any where.
  • It’s a good way to explore a new place.
  • It burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time.
  • I get to see puppies.
  • It has helped me lose weight and keep it down.
  • It gives me time to clear my mind.
  • It helps me sleep better at night.
  • It makes me feel strong.
  • It shows me that my asthma isn’t a limitation, just a speed bump.
  • I like to challenge myself.
  • It pushes me.
  • I get the runner’s high (occasionally).
  • Free t-shirts are great.
  • Free food and beer are even better.

My friend at the Running Haiku ended her post with a good thought, so I’d like to share it with you:

If you run, I hope you have a great run today. If you don’t run, I hope you make today your first day of training and the day you decide to become a runner.

What are your reasons for running?


2 thoughts on “National Running Day: I Run Because….

    • I couldn’t even run 1/4 of a mile without wheezing when I first started running. Now I can run 3 with moderate wheezing but it’s still manageable. Hopefully someday soon I can run 6 or more with only moderate wheezing!

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