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
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