The other day, Mama Pea posted about why she no longer runs. And her post really got me thinking. Especially this part:
Here are the wrong reasons to run:
- Because everyone else is doing it.
- Because you want a collection of “free” t-shirts, participation medals, race bibs or the right to put a sticker on your car that says “13.1” or “26.2.”
- Because you want an excuse to eat a bunch of junk food and/or massive quantities to “fuel” your runs.
- Because you want an excuse to eat jelly beans on Saturday mornings at mile 7.
- Because you think it makes you a better athlete or even more ridiculous, a better person.
- Because you want friends and family members to line up in the cold to make you feel loved by holding up signs for you and cheering.
- Because you think the only way to be the size or level of fitness that society and/or you are convinced is “ideal” is to torture yourself by pounding mile after mile on the treadmill or the pavement.
Here are the right reasons to run:
- Because you love it.
I don’t know if I agree.
Here’s a confession: I don’t love running.
I don’t enjoy the physical act of pounding the pavement. I don’t enjoy getting out of breath and feeling my lungs ache. I don’t enjoy sweaty profusely after dragging myself out of bed at an ungodly hour to run.
But I do love running for a lot of other reasons.
I love running because:
- Running has brought me closer to my friends and family – and has bought me new friends in the process.
- Running has helped me get into the best shape of my life.
- Running has shown me that I can achieve whatever I put my mind to do.
- Running has given me much needed “me time” as a new mom.
- Running is FREE.
- Running gives me an exhilaration as I cross the finish line that I don’t get when completing another spin, Zumba or yoga class.
And yes, as corny as it sounds, I do believe running has made me a better person.
It has given me a sense of clarity, of determination and of commitment. I believe I am the best version of myself when I am running on a regular basis.
That being said, I don’t think running is for everyone.
But it is for me.
Why do you run?