I have been running since 6th grade.
In high school, I ran a 5K in the mid-16’s and the 800M in under 2 minutes.
At one time, I ranked in the top 10 runners in NJ for a Division 1 school.
Back then, running was not only about competing, it was my social network. You would have given me +K for running on Klout.
Fast forward about 25 years. I’m certainly not as quick. I sweat a heck of a lot more. I periodically need Physical Therapy. I almost never run with anyone else. I still feel like vomiting before a race.
There was something about this morning’s run that inspired me to capture why I still do this.
The pros you see, are head and shoulders above the cons. If you’re a runner, you get it. If you aren’t, hopefully you have ways to achieve similar mind-body-spirit benefits.
And while reason #9 isn’t a universal ambition, I suspect you can imagine an indulgence that is personally motivating.
Without further ado, here are the 11 reasons why I run.
- Stoke Metabolism
- Curb Blood Pressure
- Solve Problems (amazing moments of clarity)
- Think Creatively (and poetically)
- Connect Spiritually
- Cheat Old Age (well my joints are not exactly on board with this)
- Escape Chaos/Stress
- Elevate Mood (yes, a natural “high”)
- Enable my Love Affair with Beer
- Gain Perspective
Unfortunately, I didn’t write this when I was running.
What did I miss? Why do you run?