Friday, November 9, 2012

Fitness Friday: Why I Run

It's early morning and somewhere a runner is lacing up her shoes, attaching her reflective vest and head lamps, and stepping out into the darkness. Elsewhere a runner is looking very determined as he makes his way up the steep hill that even causes a car's engine to groan. A snow storm arrives just as another runner in her thermal tights is pulling on her winter cap and gloves before hitting the snow covered trail. 

A lot of people see these runners and wonder, why? Why do you want to get up so early when you can be sleeping in? Why do you want to run up the nasty hill that causes you pain? Why do you want to go out in the middle of a winter storm and freeze?

The truth is, I run because of the way it makes me feel. I want to be healthy and fit. I like running with my family and friends. I've had amazing experiences, met great people, and run races in some incredibly beautiful places. Yet, it is something bigger that keeps me lacing up my shoes and logging the miles.


I run because it makes me happy. When I look at my running pictures, I can see it in my face. A perma-grin is usually plastered there. When the topic of running comes up in conversation, I can hear the excitement and energy in my voice. Even during a tough run, when it's not reflected in my face,  little bubbles of bliss are lingering just under the surface. Really, they are.

We all have reasons for running. Here's a video taken by Dimity of Another Mother Runner of ZOOMA runners talking about why they run:


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Why do YOU run?


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15 comments:

  1. oooh I know this one :-) I am starting. a little. and it's all to role model for my girl.

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  2. Yes, I agree with you- I'm addicted to how good it makes me feel, both during and afterwards. Cute shirt!

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  3. It's funny, I started running to lose weight. Then I lost the weight, and something weird had happened... I learned that I liked running! So I kept doing it! I love how I feel after a race or a good training run!

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  4. You said it perfectly!!! You do have joy all over your face!! Running makes runners happy!!

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  5. I run for fitness, health, and to improve upon my goals to get faster and stronger!

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  6. I started running to lose weight but it didn't take long to realize how much fun it is..Now I'm hooked..

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  7. Such a pretty post and cute t. I recently started running because I want to do some 5Ks next year. The reason is to be more social and the other to support prostate cancer.

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  8. Oh my goodness I could give you quite the list.. I'll try to keep it short though. I run because it is my alone time, my stress relief, it keeps my healthy, it makes me feel powerful, because I love setting and then beating goals, and most of all because running makes me happy, it has truly become a part of who I am.

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  9. Awesome post! I run because it kees me sane, it makes me feel strong, and I feel incredible afterwards.

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  10. This post makes me smile and I love the It's all good shirt! I run because it makes me feel invincible. Like I can do anything.

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  11. I love this post. I'm one of those people that loves running in nasty weather because that is when for some reason I feel more connected with my body and everything around me. I especially love running in the snow.

    Angie
    http://thefitnessgirlkitchen.blogspot.com

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  12. i really like his entry, amy! i run because i still can! i used to run races, but now do it to keep fit and just feel good!

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