For the first time ever, I’m joining the link up “Tuesdays on the Run,” hosted by Erika at MCM Mama Runs, Patty at My No Guilt Life, and April at Run the Great Wide Somewhere. I’ve been having a bit of writer’s block, so I thought it would be nice to have someone else give me an idea. This week’s topic, “Why I Run,” seems like a great topic during Boston Marathon week. Thanks for hosting, ladies!
I run for alone time. Yes, I love my husband, family, and friends, but sometimes, a girl just needs to be by herself. I think about my day, process things that are happening, listen to music, and enjoy the scenery. I don’t have to talk or socialize. I also have mild social anxiety, so it’s a relief not to have to interact with people for a while.
I run for a stronger body and long term health. I have a family history of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes, and congestive heart failure, so I need to build healthy habits and a strong body now. I don’t want to be 50 years old and injecting myself with insulin every day like my aunts and uncles, or need to have a double mastectomy at 65 like my grandmother. I know that a lot of this isn’t up to me, but being generally healthy can help combat a lot of these issues.
I run for self-esteem. Body issues. We’ve all got ’em. I know I do. But running helps me combat the demons inside my head that tell me I’m not thin enough, not pretty enough, not whatever enough. It makes me feel strong, sexy, and confident.
I run for a sense of accomplishment. Every time I run a new distance or achieve a new PR, I feel like a rock star. Overcoming obstacles, or completing tough workouts always makes me feel good. Running is the one fitness endeavor that I’ve managed to stick with for more than a few weeks, and as long as it makes me feel this awesome, I’ll keep coming back for more.
Why do you run?