Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Why I Run


Have I mentioned that I love running? I love the way I feel after a run! I run because it makes me happy. I run because it makes me feel strong. Running is a big part of what defines me as an individual. I started running about 15 years ago, mainly to lose weight. But it became a way of life for me...an obsession, really. I remember as a girl growing up in St. George, having the marathon here every October. I loved going to the park and watching the runners cross the finish line. The looks of joy, satisfaction, empowerment, even pain on the runner's faces struck a cord with me even then. I wanted to experience that too! Thus began my marathon quest. After I ran my first marathon, which was St. George, I was hooked! It was the hardest thing I had ever done, it was also the most empowering. I loved being able to push myself to the limit and realize how amazing the human body really is. The more you push it, the more it gives. I love that! I am always amazed at what you can accomplish if you just put your mind to it. It is as simple as believing you can, the rest just falls into place. I am grateful to have a healthy body, that I can run and push myself to bigger and better things.

Have a great week. Keep running.

13 comments:

Sarah said...

Excellent post! It definitely sums up why I am run! All your reasons, plus after my 10 miles on Sunday I didn't feel at all guilty about that piece of cake! :)

Denise said...

GREAT post...gave me chills!!! it's so amazing what the body can do. just takes time and practice, but we can accomplish so much.

Aka Alice said...

Well said! Thanks!

misszippy said...

You summed it all up so nicely!

akjenniekt said...

Such a great post! It's so easy to get drawn into running as a lifestyle- not just a workout you do to keep the pounds down...Thanks!

Run Jess Run said...

I love that post!! I think a lot of us feel that way!! The rush you get from pushing yourself is fantastic!

Sunflower Kisses said...

That's why I run too. :)

Alee said...

I'm new to your blog, and love this post. This is all so true!

Lisa said...

I love your story! Can't wait till my injury heals and I can run again!

Judi said...

Enjoyed your post. St. George was almost my first marathon in 2007. I was registered but then we moved and I ended up running my first marathon in Indiana. Perhaps someday I will get back and run it!

Sherri said...

Absolutely!
Love the post and the picture!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

This says it so well!! I started for one reason, but have kept going for so many more!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Great post, and love the header!! :)