When it comes to any kind of exercise, there are a number of different reasons why we choose to run. Sometimes those reasons stay the same, but so often as we grow and change, so do the reasons why we run.
From 2004 to 2009 I was in school, and then I was working while in school. As soon as all the schooling was done, I knew I wanted to do something to challenge myself.
I didn’t grow up running, but my dad dragged me to fitness classes when I was in high school and college, so I thought I’d challenge myself by running a half marathon. I signed up for a training clinic and in 2010 ran my first half marathon (the 6 year anniversary of my first half is coming up soon!).
I ran three more half marathons in the six months following this race, but then life got busy (as it does) and running became more of a periodic event for a few years.Why do you run? Stop by and share your story! @ifgirlsranworld #ifgirlsrantheworld #sweatpink Click To Tweet
In January 2013 I signed up for SeaWheeze. I’d been on a running break and I knew Vancouver + lululemon would be an amazing time and I knew I wanted to have an amazing time at the race.
I was also dealing with the aftermath of my separation and used running as a way to sort out my thoughts and feelings. I ran five days a week and was 100% dedicated to my training. One week before SeaWheeze, I decided I was going to run my first marathon and extended my training.
I ran my first marathon at the same race that I ran my first half marathon three years earlier.
I’d officially been bit by the marathon bug.
Almost immediately after my first marathon, I signed up for a 50k road ultra and trained though out the winter and nearly ran a marathon PR split in my 50k.
After running an ultra, 4 half marathons in 4 weeks, and an ultra Ragnar, in 2015 it was time for a bit of a break.
Now, I did run a marathon with my best running friend, but this race was not for time. Heck, It was slower than my 50k ultra the year before. Whoops?!
Although Ann and I had some dark times during the race, we conquered the marathon (even though we thought it might conquer us) and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
While I still ran regularly in 2015, it was far more for fun than it was for time.
In January 2016 I tackled Dopey, and since then, I haven’t felt the same draw to lace up. Any time I do run I love it, but since so much of the previous three years had such a focus on running, I was glad for it to take a bit of a back seat to other activities.
Starting in October, I’ll be lacing up my shoes on a regular basis to log miles for If Girls Ran the World.
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When I run, I feel strong and empowered. My troubles don’t seem as significant and I’m better able to handle any of the problems life throws my way.We all run for different reasons @ifgirlsranworld #ifgirlsrantheworld #sweatpink @fitapproachClick To Tweet
Tell me: Why do you run?
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