Why Do You Run?

Written by Ann Brennan

Why Do You Run?The official National Running Day site challenged runners to share their love of running. They asked, “Why do you run?” I have never been one to be asked twice. Today I share the top ten reasons I run. After you read my answers, share yours. Tell us why you run? What do you get from running that you can’t find anywhere else in your life. If you decide to create a blog post of your own, come back here and let me know so I can share it with my readers.

Why Do I Run?

1. Running makes me a better mom – Because I leave so much of the worry and stress out on the road, I am better able to handle the stress and worry my children deal out on a daily basis.
2. Running makes me a better writer – Almost 75% of my ideas for blog posts, articles, videos and podcasts come to me while I am out on the road. The trick is simply keeping those ideas in my mind until I make it back in the door.
3. Running makes me a better wife – When my husband was in law school I was a stay at home mom with two small children. When my husband came home at the end of the day he was likely to find me in nine states of disarray. I was well aware of the comparison I would make with the cute and ambitious young women he was surrounded with on a daily basis so I decided to run my first marathon. It worked wonders because suddenly I was not just the spit-up-covered mom, I was his badass marathon running wife who didn’t look half bad in a pair of running shorts.
4. Running makes me a better friend/sister – Running, like religion, cannot be pushed onto another person. Instead I have led my friends to fitness by my love of the sport. When people see how happy I am because of running they feel drawn to the sport.
5. Running makes me a happier person – When I first started running I was just coming out of a serious bout of post partum depression. Running was a salvation for me. Recently, as our family has gone through a major crisis, it was running that got me through each and every day.
6. Running makes me a stronger, healthier person – Not only does running make me less likely to get diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and dozens of other ailments, it makes me more likely to survive an accident. Recently my friend Sheila King was in a horrific accident and doctors told her husband afterwards that her conditioning is a big part of her survival.
7. Running helps me stay organized – A lot of people say they do not have time for running. But over the years I have learned that it is exactly the opposite. When I run, I sort through my life. I plan my day and I move things into their appointed slots. When I do not run I find that the rest of my life falls into chaos.
8. Running makes me believe in the impossible – Last year I completed an Ironman. I am not built like an Ironman. I was not meant to complete these distances but I did it and I did it well. If I can do that, anything is possible.
9. Running makes me a more adventurous person – Through running I have met people from across the globe, I have visited cities and countries I never dreamed of and I have completed races I never imagine I could. Through running I have found a way to add adventure to my life on a regular basis.
10. Running makes me a better leader – Through running I have found something in myself I didn’t know existed – a propensity to lead. I did not set out to lead others into a life of fitness but through running I found a voice and I created Ann’s Running Commentary and have done just that. Through running I have found a way to connect with people and encourage them to get out there and get active.

Someone said to me recently that they run but their life does not revolve around running. For me, it does. My life is improved in a thousand ways every single day by running. I cannot imagine what life would be like without it.

Why do you run?

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About Ann Brennan

Ann Brennan is first and foremost a mom of three beautiful children. She is the managing editor of Beyond Limits Magazine and the creator of Ann’s Running Commentary. In 2012, Ann took Ann’s Running Commentary to new levels – first with a segment on the RunRunLive Podcast, chronicling her journey to her first Ironman and second, with a new channel on YouTube. Currently Ann is working on a non-fiction book series and working hard every day to remind people to get up, get active and get out there.
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15 Responses to Why Do You Run?

  1. Ann Brennan says:

    I am going to take that a big deal compliment seeing as I don’t think you have ever left a comment here. For those who don’t know Chris. He is my favorite podcaster and the person I think is responsible for pushing me into podcasting as well.

  2. Running:
    - Makes me a better person
    - Gives me inner peace
    - Makes me a better parent
    - Makes me a better husband
    - Gives me more energy
    - Improves my outlook and attitude
    - Gets me involved with some insanely awesome people online and offline (like you :) )
    - Helps me get organized
    - Improves my goal-setting skills
    - Reminds me that I can do much more than I ever think was possible
    - Gets me in awesome shape so I look good – which helps with self-confidence
    - Gives me focus and clarity

    Thanks for sharing your list … cool stuff as always!

  3. Oh – and I did get out for a great 8 mile ‘National Running Day’ run this morning before I had to get the kids up. It was chilly again – ~38F for second straight day – but I just wore my tights and long sleeve shirt and light gloves, and it was crystal clear and gorgeous a great morning for a run!

  4. Ann Brennan says:

    You have gotta consider moving to warmer climates. :)

  5. Ann Brennan says:

    Michael, I hope more people share their lists like this. I love it.

  6. Haha … I am fine with cooler weather in the northeast and will leave the heat and humidity to y’all :) (or is it all y’all in this case … )

  7. Pedro España says:

    This is the first post I have read on here, and will definitely be coming back. I run because it reminds me that I am not a drone in an office, that there is much more. It gives me freedom, a release from structure. Then there’s the pain that I love and hate, that keeps me going through the toughest days and reminds me of how far I’ve come on days when its not there.

  8. Ann Brennan says:

    Pedro I had no thought of that either. I always say that run because of the people I meet along the way but I think I probably also run because it makes me stand out. It makes me a part of something that is bigger but at the same time not, as you said, just another drone. Well said and I am so glad to here you are coming back.

  9. Glen says:

    Happy Happy Nat’l Running Day!

    I celebrated by not commuting. Well, let me explain (it’s short…) (I work from home, so I don’t commute anyway.)

    I had to return a pick up truck that my wife and I borrowed for a home improvement project over the weekend. Instead of having my wife follow me to give me a ride back, I ran back.

    Nice way to do it!

  10. Christina says:

    Those are all very good reasons to run and I share many of those with you. It’s my salvation in many ways :) Happy Running Day to you!

  11. Ann Brennan says:

    I do that a lot. It is a great way to kill two birds with one stone.

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  13. It’s a great adventure in my life!!! it keeps me healthy… :)

  14. I like looking through an article that will make men and women think.

    Also, many thanks for allowing for me to comment!
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