As you know, I am a personal trainer. That means that I work with a lot of other personal trainers. We talk between clients sometimes. About our children, our spouses/significant others, our weekend plans. Sometimes more personal stuff. As I was looking for a new OB/Gyn recently, I heard a tale of a painful colposcopy. I even advised a much younger co-worker on a relationship issue.
One thing, ironically, that we don’t seem to talk about is our own fitness programs. What we do to stay fit and strong is rarely mentioned. While I’ll occasionally see one of the trainers on the elliptical between clients, and I’ve been known to go to a yoga class at work, I really don’t know what the other trainers do to stay fit.
I mention this because, when I was new to this job (only several months ago), I met another new trainer, and it came up that I was a runner. “Running!” she said, “I only do that if someone is chasing me!”
I thought then, and I still do, how odd. How can a personal trainer, presumably dedicated to health and fitness, would scoff at any form of exercise, even if it wasn’t her personal choice?
If you’re a runner you hear this a lot. You are crazy if you run long distances (to most people this is anything over three miles), you’re going to hurt your knees, running is hard, running is boring, and on and on. Why do you run? I hear this from my clients, my family, my non-running friends.
Why do I run? While I never feel the need to justify my running to anyone, I will sometimes try to find the words to express why I love to run. Hey, it’s another reason to talk about running! Maybe this will help you explain to the non-running people in your life why you need to get out the door even though it is cold, dark, or rainy. And if you’re not a runner, it might help you understand the crazy runners in your life.
Why I Run
- I run because it’s faster than walking. Yes, it’s true. When I first moved my fitness outdoors after years of video aerobics, I contemplated walking. Then I figured that I could get twice the workout in half the time and I was sold on running.
- I run because it clears my mind so I can think. Like moving meditation, I can empty my mind as I run, which allows all sorts of amazing things to fill it back up. I solve problems, create amazing blog posts and humorous quotes, write interesting letters to the editor of the local paper, all while my mind and body wander. Of course, remembering all of those wonderful things after I stop running is another thing.
- I run because I can.
- I run because it can always be different. I can run fast or slow. I can run on the trails or on the road. I can run on level ground or on hills. Or I can do all of those in one single run!
- I run because it’s easy. Many would disagree, but I say: Wake up, put on clothes and shoes, walk out the door, run. Easy!
- I run because the most amazing people in the world are runners and it gives me a chance to run with them.
- I run because there is nothing like the wind in my face, fresh air in my lungs, and the feeling of my feet hitting the ground.
- I run to be alone. Just me and my thoughts (or my audiobook if I’m inclined).
- I run to be with (old and new) friends. I have met many wonderful people in the middle of a long race, and have sealed lifelong friendships with my running partners.
- I run to explore. Whether it’s my own neighborhood, country trails or the city of Paris, I love to see the sights by foot.
- While I don’t run to lose weight or to eat what I want, I love that all that I have to do to keep my body healthy and in shape is to do something that I love to do.
- Running makes me happy. Whether it’s the endorphins or simply expending energy in the beautiful outdoors, I always finish my run in a good mood.
- I run because if I choose to train hard and get faster, I can do that, at any age and any speed. And if I compete, I compete against people my own age, not 20 something speedsters.
- I run because it energizes me. You’d think that it would tire me out, but instead it fuels me for my day. That being said…
- I run because I sleep really well when I run. Without it, not so much.
- I run because it makes me strong, independent, confident, and determined. And that’s what I need for everything else in life.
I run because I am a runner. Like the chicken or the egg, it’s hard to figure out which came first.
Why do you run?