- It makes me feel strong: I'm not fast. I have never been fast. I will probably never be fast. The best I can hope for is to be slightly less slow. But I'm a marathoner, and a nine-time half marathoner, among other things. I look down at my huge quads and massive calves and think, "these legs have gotten me through thousands of miles on the road, bad ass".
- I can eat more delicious food: Let's be honest - part of why I run is to eat. The best part of marathon training was the huge calorie deficit. The worst part of marathon training ending was that my body still craved all that food and I was not burning thousands upon thousands of calories every week. Sadsies.
- I'm part of a community: When I first started running, I didn't know any other runners. Five years later I am friends with casual runners, marathoners, half iron(wo)men -- all people who inspire me on a daily basis. These are people who understand why a foam roller is God's gift to the world, why sometimes you need to stay in on a Friday night so that you can get your long run in early the next morning, and that having less than ten toenails is a badge of honor. Somewhere along the way they went from being just runner friends to being some of the most important people in my life. It's truly amazing to have people in my life who just get it.
- Because I can: Whenever I'm procrastinating on a run, I remind myself of the two knee surgeries I've had that have brought me to this point. Everything I've done - physical therapy, chiropractor visits, the surgeries - has been to get me back into running condition. I try not to take that for granted (too often). Being healthy enough to run, especially after what I dealt with last year, has been a gift.
Why do YOU run?