Reading My Journey to Fit yesterday reminded me that I hadn't cross-posted from my SparkPeople blog from last week. She really hit the nail on the head as to why I run. Do you run? Did you just start or have been running for a while? Why do you run?
From my SparkPeople blog:
I've had a difficult time accepting this title I've put on myself.
Why? Because I jog/run/walk through races - I don't run 3 miles
straight through, not even on the treadmill. But after my last 2
training runs that has somewhat changed (still not running straight
I am a runner.
Why? Because I train; because I listen to my breath; because I watch my
heart rate increase with each step and decrease with each rest; because I
work on fueling properly; because I've fallen while running; because
I've endured a minor injury; because I still have to remember to
stretch; because I've done it in the rain; because I have 3 medals ,
several tech shirts, and various race bibs. But simply put - because I
get out on the road, track, or trail, laced up and I do it.
Oh yeah, and I've paid race fees!
I never liked running. I hated doing PT while in ROTC in college. I was
always the one behind the traffic patrol trying to keep up. I did other
things to stay active - I played tennis, I walked, I rode my bike, I
bought plenty of fitness vids over the years. But a move to Sacramento
spurred a reason to get out and meet people. I joined Black Girls Run
and have been running, jogging, slogging ever since. I am now learning
to run without music (or at least only 1 headphone). I want to work on
my endurance and actually run the first 3 miles of my races.
So if you don't consider yourself a runner...think again. Even if you
run for 60s or only get in a half a mile or a mile, it doesn't matter.
The fact that you laced up your sneakers, hit the road and put miles on
your shoes makes you a runner too.