“What are you running from? Old age? It will catch you!”
As humorous as it is, my friend asked me this very question this morning after my 7 mile run, making it 29 miles for the week so far. I guess it is hard to fathom why someone would get up at 4:40am and run in 40 -ish degree weather most days of the week. 🙂
I am also encroaching upon my 30th birthday, so it made sense to throw in the age card. So, it made me laugh, but it also made me think: What am I running from?
In addition to training for my 3rd & 4th #Marathons #RNRNOLA (Rock n Roll New Orleans) & #Chicagomarathon on March 4 and Oct. 7, 2018, I am running for me.
I’m running from stress, anxiety, a sedentary lifestyle, self-doubt. I’m running to better myself, push myself, prove myself, enjoy myself and love myself.
When I am running, I sort things out. The sound of music or chatter with a group run, the sound of feet pounding the pavement and breathing in and out. That is what I love.
My breathing syncs up with my legs and my body is allowed to go on auto pilot. I am free to think, dream, accept, plan or just remember.
Running makes my schedule doable, my to-do list obtainable, my concerns manageable and my life much more enjoyable.
Life as a runner is a better life for me. I am running into my future, from anything holding me back, and to better myself; for myself, my family and my future.
Why do you run?