Why I Run

A couple of weeks ago during a particularly tough hot yoga sculpt class, our instructor said something that really stuck with me. We had just finished a tabata sequence (yes, in 100 degrees) and we were about to kick back into another and as she demonstrated what was ahead she said “and now for the America’s Next Top Model move. . you know, because they don’t eat enough to be able to do it”.

When I first started running it was purely to lose weight and get as skinny as possible and I hated it. Yes, I ended up losing about 45 pounds but running simply to be skinny (and eating nothing in the process) was miserable and unsustainable. Then I signed up for the marathon and instead of focusing on skinny, I set my mind on being strong: mentally and physically. If someone tells you they trained for and ran a marathon and it didn’t affect their life in a big way . . . they’re lying. I found a training plan and stuck to it, not missing a single run in 18 weeks. Each week, I built up my mileage and the more I ran, the more I fell in love with it. Running became less of a chore and more of a retreat.

One of my favorite running quotes is “Running is just you, the work you put in, and the clock. You can’t cheat yourself. You get out exactly as much as you put in”. Running is so much more than putting on your shoes and taking a few laps. Every single time you step out the door to go on a run, you depend on only yourself to get through it. You set a goal and then you accomplish it, whether it be 2 miles one day or a marathon.

While the marathon is over (until next year), the mindset isn’t. I go out almost everyday to run, clear my head (it’s way cheaper than therapy!) and no matter how small it may be, I set a goal for myself. Sometimes it’s 10 miles and sometimes it’s to stay sane; either way, it’s making me a stronger person.

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12 thoughts on “Why I Run

  1. Running is a privilege. That is my mantra and it is my perfect way to release stress. I also trained and completed my first marathon in 2013 and it changed me in a big way. Cannot wait to sign up for another in the new year!

  2. This is so true! I also started running and thought I would just do it to lose weight but I ended up falling in love with it. I’m currently half marathon training and I love it!

  3. It’s amazing to me how much running has taken over my whole life. From waking up at ridiculous hours, to almost puking during track work, to blogging, to thinking about it all the time. I love it!

  4. Brilliant! I absolutely love everything about this post.

    It’s my release, and helped me get through a crazy tough year. I fell in love with it because I could just escape, and sweat out all the toxic thoughts or feelings. Love!

  5. Fabulous – I love how some people start the running journey as a chore and a means to an end but then end up building a relationship with the activity.
    I didn’t start running to lose weight. I was a scrawny kid and hated being thin, Now I’m nicely padded as my husband says, lol! I started running because I was playing tag with my daughter at a park. My daughter was 9 years old at the time and she was running rings around me!! I was this lumbering, panting unfit being that felt like going for a nap after 20 minutes of play! It felt so wrong. I wanted to get back to feeling strong and fit and 4 years later I’m taking part in ultra’s and I can keep up with my kids and it’s a fabulous feeling and I never want to lose it again.
    Keep on enjoying the challenge that keeps you wanting more. Bring it on!

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