Why Do You Run?

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the numbers and details of training we forget why we do it at all. For some of us the answer is simple. We run because we love it and we can’t help it. For others it’s more complicated. Some people like to win races, some want to lose weight and some just enjoy the social aspect of the sport.
Personally, I do it because my life is not balanced without it.  This quote sums it up for me:

John Piper on running: “Underneath most of my besetting sins is despondency. I am less prone to such melancholy when I hammer my body three times a week. The reason could be endorphins. Could be ego. Whichever, it’s cheaper than Prozac or psychotherapy. I’m simply happier. And I sleep better. I have more energy.”

At the end of the day, there’s more to running than meets the eye. Trophies are great but ultimately they’re just chunks of metal and plastic. They won’t teach you how to be a good employee, friend or spouse. All they can do is sit and collect dust.  I don’t know if running creates a deeper enjoyment of life or if it just allows me to calm down and focus better on stuff worth enjoying but, I do know that it makes me feel good.

Someone once wrote, “Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs, the burn in your legs, and the little voice inside your head that says ‘I can’t.’ But you don’t listen, you just push harder. And you hear that little voice whisper ‘I CAN’. And you discover the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.”

There is nothing quite like setting a new personal record in a race or in training. There is nothing quite like starting a day with a solid long run, feeling like you can conquer the world. That is why I run.

Why do you run?


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