Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Why Do I Run?

While running the OC Half Marathon, I noticed that each mile marker had a different "Why Do I Run?" reason posted. And since I had thirteen miles to ponder just such questions, I came up with a few answers... and some even surprised me.

  1. I run because it helps me lose weight. Riding a bike or using the elliptical just doesn't seem to work as well.
  2. I run because it gives me time to myself. I don't bring work or bills or projects or troubles along with me.
  3. I run because it makes me feel better. It literally changes my mood.
  4. I run because it's a great way to see a town. Passing people and buildings and public spaces at 6 miles per hour gives me a much better chance to really get to know a place than driving by in a car.
  5. I run because crossing a finish line is awesome. I've finished over twenty events and it never gets old.
  6. I run because it connects me to a community of like-minded people. I have an immediate connection and common-ground with other runners.
  7. I run because it's a challenge. Long miles, steep hills, cold mornings... they conspire against me and I push back with all that I have.
  8. I run because it creates opportunities and experiences with friends. Sharing a ten mile obstacle run with buddies is a great way to really get to know someone better.
  9. I run because it is my way of being an athlete. I don't care much for team sports and I'm not likely to be invited to the Olympics, but I train and compete and am proud of my accomplishments.
  10. I run because it is a sport I can share with others. Elite runners or couch-to-5K beginners can all run, and I am happy to encourage them whenever possible.
I run because I can. And as a popular t-shirt reads,

Someday, I won't be able to run. But today is not that day.