WHY do I run?
What a great question! When my friend Julia asked me if I was interested in writing something for her blog, I said sure, this is an easy answer! 3 days later I’m still thinking about this. Haha! It’s not an “easy” answer, but one that has evolved over time.
3 years and 65 lbs ago, I found myself in a gym with a good friend of mine who was trying to get back in shape. He had hired a trainer and was looking for someone to work out with him. I had been inactive for a very LONG time so I said what the heck. The trainer we had soon became a good friend and was responsible for kick starting the complete turnaround in my life over the last 3 years. So I had worked out with her and my friend for about 3-4 months when she challenged me to run a 5K. She was an avid runner who was constantly pushing and encouraging me to try new things. This is where I learned about “getting outside your comfort zone”. I followed an 8 week plan, ran by myself, and entered my first 5k race in September of that year. Although it was a really good experience, I wasn’t so sure I was into this “running thing”. Lol! Anyhow, I entered several more 5Ks over the next few months, swearing to myself I would NEVER run a 10K, much less a Half Marathon, and God forbid a Full Marathon. Those folks were crazy! Well, I did finally run that first 10K 8 months after my first 5K. Something started to change in me. Was I starting to actually enjoy running? Nah. Couldn’t be. Ha! Little did I know. Soon I met my first “running group”, just a few people that enjoyed running in the mornings. One lady had actually run a Half Marathon and I soon had my first running partner. And sure enough, soon after we met, I had signed up for my first Half Marathon, the 2012 Montgomery Half. We weren’t even half way through our training plan when the idea was being thrown around to run a full marathon the following spring. I signed up for the 2013 New Orleans Rock and Roll Marathon before I had even run my first Half! It was official: I had lost my mind! Lol! No, I had become a runner.
Since that time 3 years ago, I have run many Half Marathons and 2 Full Marathons. I am now entering the world of triathlon and have several races lined up this year. I will also run at least 2 Halfs and then the Rocket City Marathon in December. But I think the single most thing I am proud of was starting Prattville Running Club last year. It is only a Facebook page right now, but it was a way of getting local runners together, meeting new people, and connecting runners who might be looking for a group or a running partner. With the Running Club, I have also held 3 C25K programs in the past 9 months and I have seen so many of them catch the “running bug”. I even had the pleasure of running a 5K with both my daughters last year who participated in my first C25K program. Now THAT was something special!
So, WHY do I run?
I run for my health. I run because I enjoy it. I run for goals and challenges I set for myself.
But the single most important reason I run today is for the fellowship.
I enjoy bringing new people into our group, especially the “newbies”. I want them to feel and understand what I felt when I ran my first 5k. What I felt when I set a goal, trained, and ran my first Half Marathon. What I feel today when I introduce someone to running. What it feels like to meet SO many new people, new friends, new “family”.
To share my experiences. To share my passion for running.
I get more enjoyment today watching and encouraging others to set and reach their own goals.
It’s not about me anymore. I have set and reached almost all my goals.
That’s WHY I run today.To find more inspiring reasons “WHY I RUN”, like Richard’s, click here.
Why do you run? Why did you start? Why do you love it? I find the greatest inspiration in the stories of other runners, don’t you? I would love to hear about you! If you would be willing to share your “WHY”, please send your submission, including at least your first name and last initial to firstname.lastname@example.org . Be sure to attach a picture(more than one if you’d like)! Also, feel free to let me know about your blog and/or website if you’d like for me to include a link to it. Thank you for sharing! Thank you for inspiring! ~Julia