Why I Run

I went online to log my miles from this morning for National Running Day and Competitor.com. They asked for your name, city, email, miles for the day and why you run. I sat there stumped. Not because I don’t know why I run, but because I didn’t know which reason I wanted to list.

I run because it gets me outside my comfort zone and causes me to push myself. I run because I like to sweat it out. I run because it’s hard. I run because it’s fun. I run because it’s giving me the self-confidence to appreciate myself and what I can do. I run because someone once told me I couldn’t be dedicated enough. I run because I eat, a lot. I run because it makes me feel like part of a community. I run because I want to be healthy. I run because nothing makes me smile like running with my happy dog. I run because there is no imitation to crossing a finish line. I run because I want to continue to set new PR’s. I run because it’s a great thing to do with my husband. I run because I love being outside. I run because it’s helping me become who I want to be – inside and out. I run because it gives me purpose. I run to see how far I can go, then go farther. I run because it’s a stress reliever. I run because it quiets the world and clears my head. I run because I can.

These are just a few of the reasons I run. Today I sit in appreciation of something that has changed my life over the last year. My relationship with running started because I was tired of not fitting into my pants. I can now fit into them, but running has changed my life and my perspective. Thank you running, for taking me on, helping me become who I want to be and showing me that nothing is impossible with dedication and passion.

I also chose to celebrate today by signing up for my first marathon – the Dallas White Rock Marathon in December. I’m scared, anxious and excited. I know I will learn lessons and learn about myself during this process and I can’t wait to cross that finish line as a marathoner.

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