Why Do You Run?

I was thinking the other day about running – well, I think about running every day to be honest – but that day in particular I thought about why I ran. Then I thought about how it’s interesting how everyone runs for different reasons. Some people run away from things. Some people run to things. Some people run because they can’t help themselves. One of the reasons why I read so many memoirs, especially running memoirs, is because I find it fascinating to read about what makes people become runners and how running has shaped their lives and who they are today.

Why do I run? Here are my top ten:

1. TO STAY FIT – Running is a great way to tone muscle, improve heart and lung function, and lose weight.

2. MENTAL HEALTH – Let’s just say I’m a much nicer person and feel better about myself if I’m able to run on a regular basis. 🙂

3.  TIME TO PROCESS – Because I internalize a lot running helps me to process my thoughts both with my life and on whatever I projects I’m working on – especially my writing!

4. SOCIALIZING – It’s great meeting new people at events and races and through the online running community. There’s always a new friend around the corner.

5. PUSH MY LIMITS – Whenever I think I can’t give anymore I push myself a little farther. This has helped me in life whenever I’m exhausted and think I can’t do any more.

6. BUILD CHARACTER – Running has helped show me ways to be calm under stress, become stronger, and learn more about myself.

7. SET, AND MEET, GOALS – Signing up for races has been a great way for me to learn to budget time, meet short-term and long-term goals as well as feel proud once I’ve accomplished those goals.

8. GIVE INSPIRATION – I’ve gotten to talk to so many people about running and living a healthy lifestyle that people notice that I’m different and want to follow suit!

9. ALONE TIME – Because I process so much internally, running gives me the opportunity to think and get into a good frame of mind.

10. BECAUSE IT’S FUN! –  Let’s face it, all these reasons are an integral part of why I run, but it’d be a lot harder to run if I didn’t enjoy so much. 🙂

Happy running! 🙂


    • abookdragon
    • October 3rd, 2012

    My first 5ks were all walked. I started running to have a faster race time, to lose weight and have something to talk about besides books/reading. I recently had a health scare so now I can add to be healthy to my list.

    • I think running is one of those things that continues to show additional benefits the more one does it. Glad that your health scare was only a scare, hope the running is helping!

  1. Great post Sami! Love it… I am with you on #1-3 especially. Love running to stay fit and yeah it’s fun. Also 8-10 are right up my running alley too. Thanks for a great post. Yeah most of us don’t consider why we run? This was great. I am lucky since the Seacoast running and fitness community is so strong and supportive that I am often inspired by friends and other runners to go for a run and run better and faster. But I hope I inspire others too…. Thanks to you, now I am more inspired to head out for a run today, even with a cold, but it might have to be a solo mission to ponder and de-stress a bit. Need it. Thanks for the inspiration. Great blog. Love your top 10. Keep it coming and enjoy your fall runs and races too!

    • Thanks, Michael! It is interesting to reflect on why we are runners. And it’s nice to know others find similar motivations in their runs as well. Hope you enjoy your fall runs and races as well! 🙂

  2. Hi, I just re-blogged an info-graphic along the same lines as this. I think most runners feel the same way.

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