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Why I Run - A love hate relationship

Friday, August 28, 2015

This blog is a copy of a message board post in respond to a question by a SparkPeople member.

I run. I run because I enjoy running. The other exercises I do to balance my health and wellness goals, but running is what I do. I run because I enjoy it. I don't train for races but I may layoff or shorten by runs a few days before a race event.

Inevitably, something happen where I can run for a while, injury, laziness, or I just stop for reasons beyond explanation. I those cases I have to "train" to get back into shape. I admit, that getting back into it is tough (vis-à-vis, hate relationship) and I want to quit after the first few days--and I have quit a few times.

Nevertheless, I persevere and after a few weeks or months I'm running again (love relationship). My training is simple- similar to the couch-to-5k training plan-starting slow and increase distance and speed as I am able. I admit, sometimes I talk out loudly to myself when It gets difficult, telling myself that I can go another block, another half mile, another 3 miles etc. " I was doing that this morning when I ran past some kids waiting for the school bus." I laughed alone with them. The only thing that make me stop is physical pain, not to be confused with fatigue or failure to achieve the speed, distance, etc..

But I run and I run because it makes me feel great, it purges my body and mind and it keeps me fit.

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  • no profile photo CD12068097
    A great WHY is answered superbly.
    2069 days ago
    2078 days ago
    Do something that you love doing. That passion will translate into all aspects of your life. I don't check in with you as much as I should, but I always appreciate when you write something profound. You, my friend, are an inspiration!

    Keep running. It's who you are and what you do.

    and keep Sparking!
    2079 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Blessings upon your journey.
    2081 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15674364
    I want to run too! Wish I could. Maybe someday as I lose weight and get in shape my body won't pain me so much.

    Glad you can. And glad you enjoy it. Great for you! emoticon
    2081 days ago
    Good for you! Happy trails.
    2081 days ago
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