I recently applied to be an ambassador for a running apparel company and one of the questions on the application was “Why do you love running?” …for someone who runs as much as I do you would think it would be an easier answer, right? …WRONG.
I sat and stared at the words on the screen for a good 15-20 minutes before I typed a single word. I couldn’t believe it – I was completely stumped. It wasn’t because I don’t love running its just that it’s hard to define and articulate something that has become such an integral part of my everyday life. It’s like asking someone why they love to breathe – they just do…Plus, they would die if they didn’t…which is sometimes how I feel when I can’t run haha
When I finally did start typing a few words I found that the same common themes kept coming up…
Physical/Mental Health Benefits
This is an easy one. We all know exercise is good for our overall health and well-being. For me, mentally, running has helped me cope with previous bouts of depression and anxiety and continues to offer me an outlet for stress. They do say running is cheaper than therapy, right? Not to mention, studies have shown that running for as little as one-hour run may even translate to an additional seven hours added to your lifespan…who doesn’t want that? That’s seven more hours you could be running haha.
I love that running is continuously teaching me lessons about myself as a person. I am constantly testing my boundaries, pushing myself harder, and proving to myself that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined. It teaches me the value of hard work, and discipline, and what it means to set my sights on a goal and not give up or settle for less. It has taught me to persevere when things get tough and has taught me to have a more positive outlook on life in general.
The AMAZING People
Anyone who’s step foot across a start line at a race knows just how awesome runners can be. Perfect strangers coming together to offer words of advice, encouragement and literally giving a helping hand to a runner in need – it’s a beautiful thing. When I started running, I always dreaded race day since I would always be running “alone” – how wrong I was. In the last 4 years I have been blessed to meet countless runners from all across the world and now, even consider some to be among my closest friends.
Lastly, I love that running has given me this – a platform to share my story and my running journey with you. When I started running it was reading blog posts and seeing people’s stories unfold on social media that gave me the inspiration and encouragement I needed to keep moving forward. I always hope that in some small way, sharing my journey, does the same for someone else. Kinda like paying it forward…
So, I could probably write for days about why I love to run but for now I want to pose the same question to you – What say you, friends? Why do YOU love to run? Share your thoughts in the comments below!