Often times when I discuss my passion for running, I’m often met with the response of, “You’re crazy!” Many people think that I’m absolutely nuts to have put myself on this running journey, and often gasp when they hear that I’ve run three half marathons this year, among other races.
So why do I bother pushing myself and training to run races?
I run because I feel empowered and on top of the world when I put my mind to something and accomplish it. I was always told that dancers can’t run, and after dancing for as long as I did I had talked myself out of the ability to run. But I’ve proven to myself that not only can I run, but I can set my sights on conquering a goal, like crossing the finish line of a half marathon, and feel on top of this world when I’ve accomplished my goal.
I run because my I have the physical ability to do so. Not everybody in this world is able to partake in the physical activities that they would like to, and I’m thankful to be able to do so. While I may have a weak ankle, I refuse to let this physical obstacle prevent me from getting out and hitting the road running.
I run because its a stress reliever. Many days, even if I go into my workouts feeling tired and drained mentally by life’s stressors, I often feel better about life in general after a good, sweaty workout. Its a great way to push through my stress, and any frustration that I might be facing, and to come out feeling much better than I did when I went into the workout.
I run for the bling. Let’s face it, having a wall of race medals in your house is pretty darn satisfying, as well as motivating to push yourself back out there to earn more bling.
Most importantly, I run because its fun.
QOTD: Why do you run?