On my long run yesterday (which was glorious in the forty degree temps) I was thinking about different ideas for blog posts. Some ideas were related to workouts, some were related to nutrition, some were related to gear, and some were related to motivation. I thought of a ton of decent topics to write about, all of which I look forward to posting in the future. However, one idea keep making an appearance, resurfacing in my thoughts every mile or so.
Why do I run? What is it deep down that keeps me coming back, day after day? Why do you run? What makes you put on your running shoes and hit the pavement?
I wanted to share my reasons but more importantly, I want others to share their reasons. I know I’ll find it nothing short of amazing and motivating, as will the rest of the fine folks who read this blog.
So, here are my reasons…
- I get to partake in blissful, uninterrupted thinking. I think about all kinds of things out on the road. The good things, the great things, the things I am struggling with, the things I hope for, and more. I just get to think and it feels so peaceful. Ninety-nine percent of the time my mind is functioning at a hundred miles a minute, almost to the point of burn out. However, when I slip those running shoes on and get in my groove, my mind is able to breathe and dang, it feels good.
- I want to take care of myself, not only mentally, but also physically. Without sounding too corny, there are so many things on this earth to enjoy and I want a healthy body that will allow me to soak it all in. I’m only given one body and it deserves to be treated with respect. Running keeps it strong and healthy and able to function to the best of its ability.
- I love the satisfaction it brings. Honestly, there is almost nothing better than the exact moment you finish a long run. It brings such a since of accomplishment.
- I am an athlete and I am competitive. I grew up playing four different sports but chose not play in college. It was definitely a crummy feeling. I missed feeling important athletically. Running gives me that feeling of importance and something to work for.
- I am passionate about it. I love it. It makes me tick. It lights a fire in my heart and gets me going. It is so important to pursue and work for the things in life that make you feel that way.
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