We all have our reasons why we are runners. Some of us may have similar reasons, but each and every runner’s story is different and unique. My story began in 2012…really though, my running journey started in 2010, but since I didn’t become a “true” runner until 2012, that’s what I consider to be the beginning.
It was in 2012, that I began Jeff Galloway run/walk/run training. I ran my first half marathon (second half marathon overall, as I walked my first), in March 2012. After 30+ half marathons later, I still remember that race day at the Orange Blossom Half Marathon. It was the race that I learned how strong I had to be. Running teaches you so much, and that experience was the start of many lessons.
Before this crazy, exciting, and emotional running life began, I used to be over 200lbs. I can’t recall there ever being a moment in my life that I thought I’d be a runner. I was definitely one of those people that would see someone running and wonder why the heck anyone would find such a sport enjoyable. I was one of those, “I will only run if someone is chasing me” types.
So, after losing 75lbs in 2009, I slowly began considering running. Maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. This change of heart came out of learning to embrace exercise while I was working on getting healthier and losing weight. I made a goal for myself to learn to run a 5k.
Unfortunately, I herniated my back a few months into training for that 5k, so my running ceased. During that time not being able to run, I found myself missing it. How crazy is that? I went from someone who never in her wildest imagination could see herself running, to someone who wanted to run.
After that half marathon in March 2012, I signed up for the local Galloway training program here in Orlando. Not only did running itself change my life, but joining the group was also life-changing. The group taught me so much, and I truly looked forward to my runs three times a week with them.
In the last six years, I’ve been blessed to run 6 marathons (two of them the NYC Marathon), over 30 half marathons, and numerous 10k and 5k races. Running has taught me how strong I truly am, and what I’m capable of if I push myself. Not every run is a good one, but I don’t ever regret lacing up and getting out there to run.
I run for fitness, to keep myself fit and healthy. I run because it challenges me mentally to push through when my body wants me to just stop. I run for the social aspect, runner friends are like no other. I run for the endorphin rush (yes, it exists!). I run because it’s a blessing that I am able to be a runner. I run because it’s therapy on my own two feet. I run for that glorious finish line.
If I were to keep listing all of the reasons why I run, this post would go on forever. Running has changed my life for the better, and I love who I am through running. Runners truly are a different breed, and I am blessed to be a part of the running community. Fast or slow, we all get out there each day to do one thing, run.
Why do you run? Share your reason(s) in the comments.