Friday, August 5, 2011

Running With Purpose

As I was finishing up my training plan for the Haunted Hustle Half Marathon at the end of October, I began thinking about how I'm really excited to do another big race this year. There's nothing quite like putting in weeks, sometimes months of training, and having it pay off as you cross the finish line.

That said, a heavier load of training is tiring and sometimes it's hard to stay motivated. To get through these phases, I think it's especially important to not lose track of why I run in the first place. Here's my list:

I run because . . .

It keeps me healthy
It relieves stress
It helps me maintain my weight
It's time to mentally work through issues or dilemmas
It's time to think about nothing at all
Of the satisfaction of pushing myself to the limit - and still managing to do a bit more
I like meeting other runners
It's a great way to burn extra energy
I like going fast
Every new route lets me explore a new part of the city
Nothing else burns as many calories
It helps me manage my time better
I love a good challenge

Why do you run? If you don't run, what motivates you to stay active?

- ST


  1. Staying active both at a gym I LOVE and at home gives me another layer of accountability. It helps me manage my anxiety and gives me time to work out what's troubling me. I often get my best ideas after a great workout. I love feeling healthy and proud of what my body can do. Mostly, staying active keeps my mind on positive things like my health and fitness goals and off negative things.

  2. I think it's great to reflect on our larger goals when we're knee deep in the hustle and bustle of training.

    I run because I can! (is that good reason enough :)