Written by Ann Brennan
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?