Nov | 16

Your Turn to Answer the Question ‘Why Do You Run?’

At Brooks, we know the reasons why people run are as diverse as runners themselves. Maybe it’s fitness, maybe it’s for fun, maybe it’s to clear your head, maybe it’s to feel the sense of achievement. Any reason is a good one!

We asked the our community of runners in The Run what their reasons were for running, and the responses were, of course, as inspiring as they were diverse.

I truly believe that running is a natural extension of my soul. It is adventure, poetry, pain, pleasure, hope, victory, accomplishment, self esteem, etc, etc. – this list could go on forever. I know that it sounds so cliche, but I truly believe that I am supposed to be running. It is the way I handle the world, my problems, my students, etc. It rivals that feeling I get every day in front of a classroom; it is a natural and perfect extension of my own individuality. When I run, I am doing exactly what I want to be doing in exactly the way I want to do it. It is such a rush. –ccalfee

Why do I run, there are so many reasons. I started young but didn’t really have a coach or mentor, so then I started after college but after being diagnosed with arthritis I was encouraged not to run. So when I really really started at 37 I found that it helped to calm me and make me more fit. My sons turned out to be good runners so I learned all that I could about running, reading articles and going to running clinics. I continue to run because it makes me feel good, it makes me happy, I meet new people with similar interests which makes me happy. –cmerra

I began running 40 years ago so that I would stay fit and healthy enough to play with my children.  I continue to run to stay fit and healthy enough to play with my grandchildren and maybe my great grandchildren some day.RichardB

I used to run to train for competitions because I loved the exhilaration. I loved the feeling of being fit. Now that I don’t compete like I used to, I run because I feel it makes me a better person. I feel more accomplished when I’m running regularly. It is something positive I can do for myself that allows me to be positive with others.  Minihan

If I did not run, I would not be me. Others would not want to be around me because running relieves my stress, keeps me grounded and more than anything else…makes me HAPPY. –Dbrunner

I run because it feeds me, wrecks me, builds me, and remains a shared experience with all different people. I love heading to a start line and seeing all different shapes, sizes, speeds coming together with a common goal. I love getting lost in the woods by myself just to follow a trail I’ve never seen before. I love the feeling of nailing a workout that looked impossible on paper. I love leaving for a run while its sunny and warm only to be caught in a downpour and return home soaked and dripping. I love waking early after a fresh snow to be the first tracks on the street while it feels like the rest of the world is asleep. Most of all, I love running because as I try to reach my potential, I feel it requires me to be the best ‘me’ I can be.runj10


Feeling inspired yet? Now it’s your turn! Take to the comments below and let us know all the reasons why you run.


Responses were taken from The Run, Brooks’ online community for runners. See the original post in full here. Bold was added for emphasis.

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About Derek
I’m a runner, a writer, and a shoe lover who enjoys morning coffee, travel, singing in the car, and getting legitimately lost on trail runs. Three things I can’t live without: bubble tea, Fridays, and my Brooks PureFlow’s.
  • Boyceman

    Running makes me happy. I love thinking about and tweaking my nutrition for before, during, and after runs.

  • Dov

    I run for the fallen that they not be forgotten. 50 marathons in 50 weeks for our fallen but not forgotten…find me on fb and follow my journey.

  • Felton Harrison

    Running.. How do I describe it? I run for that high I get when I’m in the zone. It feels effortless. That feeling when your feet move, with the wind on my face, it almost feels breathless. I find moments in my runs where I look up and it’s as if I’m flying. I run to dream, for joy, for passion, for release, and for clarity. I never thought at the age of 33, that anything would come remotely close to the feeling you get when you’re young. When you see something beyond your imagination for the first time. That’s what running does for me. It’s a world of possibilities.

    • brooksblog

      @feltonharrison:disqus We love this! You’re right- running opens up endless possibilities, opportunities and personal rewards! Keep running happy.

  • Richard Baker

    RUNNING SAVED MY LIFE. . . I have been an athlete my entire life. Played 3 sports in high school, played college football and did powerlifting and bodybuilding contests after college. I loved competitive sports, but never loved running. . . it was always just conditioning! Almost a decade ago though, I started to have petite mal seizures. Anyone that knows epilepsy, knows this can create many hurdles and challenges. At first I was pretty positive. . . We tried medications and failed. Then we tried limiting athletic events as they may be causing them. Even tried restricting my diet in case it was a food or drink causing me to have 10 to 12 seizures per month. Yeah, 10 to 12 per month, not kidding. As the restrictions continued to take more and more away from me, I lost a lot of drive and energy. It took almost 3 years to finally have a major change become and opportunity; BRAIN SURGERY. I was ready for things to get better, so I jumped at the opportunity. But, after the surgery, removing 4 millimeters from my left temporal lobe, I had 6 weeks of being bed ridden. Although many might think things were already better and would be better and be positive about it. . . . I fell even deeper. I lost who I was and what I wanted as depression became my next battle. The day my friends and family found out that I had my death completely planned out, they had kind of an intervention. My buddy knew I needed to get off my butt and get back I to the world of exercise and sports. The doctors had cleared me to start jogging. So Mike made me layer up and in Michigan Winter Weather we went for a jog. After about 20 yards I literally laid on the ground, exhausted and weezing terribly. This was a big eye opener. I was 270 pounds and unable to even jog/walk 20 yards. Although I still didn’t know how I would fight my negative emotions and dark thoughts and feelings, I DID KNKW HOW TO EXERCISE! So, I started running as much as my body could possibly handle. With each embrace of this new sport in my life, I felt more alive, more powerful and more normal. I started reading Runner’s World, bought Brook’s Beasts and did Half Higdon’s marathon training. Lost 100 pounds, did a 35 mile ultra marathon and MORE IMPORTANT then anything. . . I learned to feel alive again. On each run, I was able to sort through thoughts and emotions and build a base of my beliefs and desires about life! Climbing the ladder of retail management now, finding the girl of my dreams and trying to he the best Dad are all things running has brought to my life! Yeah, I would say RUNNING SAVED MY LIFE!

    • brooksblog

      Wow! Your journey is amazing and inspiring, Richard! We’re always blown away by stories like yours and agree- running can make a world of a difference. Keep running happy!!

    • brooksblog

      @disqus_6BKrSRNlO1:disqus Hi Richard. Shoot us an email at We’d love to talk to you more about your story. Run Happy!

  • NicMc

    I run for several reasons but most importantly … for my health and simply, because I can.

    Three years ago my best friend convinced me to do a fun run with her. A simple, fun 5K. We had a great time but it wasn’t something I thought I’d do again. Two months later she was diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer. She had to have immediate surgery to remove a tumor, under went radiation and chemotherapy. Throughout all of it she continued to run when she had the strength. Every time she would tell me about a run she completed I’d think to myself what’s my excuse. I made a promise any time she ran, I’d run. And that turned into when she wanted to but didn’t have the strength I’d run for the both of us. A year later we were able to refer to my friend as a cancer survivor. The doctors told her running may have saved her life. Her body was able to endure the surgery and radiation and chemo because of the shape she was in before her diagnosis. That year we signed up for one race a month to celebrate.

    So I run for my health. And I run because I can.

    • brooksblog

      Amazing story! We’re glad to hear your friend is healthy and running and that she inspired you to run, too!