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Why I Run

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Why Do You Run?

By: Jasmine Giebenrath

Why would you do something that pushes your body’s limits, makes it hard to breathe, causes a bit of anxiety, and results in exhaustion…why do you run!?! For me, the question is more like why wouldn’t I run? Running is an activity that can make not only my body but also my mind stronger, allows me to breathe in life for all it is worth, reduces stress, and results in a great sense of accomplishment!

My running journey started by deciding, on a whim, to run a 5k. I thought it would be cool to be able to say to someone, “Hey, I ran a 5k last weekend, what did you do?”

I run because, although doing so may push my body to its limits, why not do something that makes my body and my mind stronger? Beyond the obvious physical benefits of building strong muscles and getting nice looking legs, running builds mental fortitude. When I’m running, it’s not all about, “Are my legs capable of taking me to the next mile?” It’s more about, “Can I convince my legs to take me there?” Running is not just a physical workout; it’s a mental workout. While I’m running, I’m weeding out negative thoughts and planting positive ones.

Ok, so, this blog would continue with how running allows me to breathe in life for all it is worth, then I would discuss how running reduces stress, and I’d end it with how running results in a great sense of accomplishment. The truth of the matter is that I started writing this blog thinking that I would convey a motivational and inspirational story of my running journey. I started brainstorming and putting all my ideas together as the former English teacher that I am, and I began writing this well-structured essay, making sure I made it personal yet poignant. The funny part is that when I started rereading and revising it (yes, I worked on the first three paragraphs for quite a bit of time), I realized that I was fabricating something and it wasn’t genuine or authentic. I was focused on writing the right things. I also realized that I committed to finishing this by the end of the month and there’s only one day left to this month! So, enough with trying to give a profound story of my running journey!

Here’s the truth: I don’t know why I run. I just do it, except when I don’t.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I just don’t think about why I run. I just go for a run, and the reasons hit me after I run and sometimes when I don’t go for a run and wish I had. Off the top of my head, here is why I run. I run because I like going past things…I like moving forward and leaving things behind. I run because afterward, I feel like I can do anything. I run because sometimes it helps me think, and other times it helps me not think at all. I run because, afterward, I get to chitchat with my running girls. I run because I like the t-shirts and the bling. I run because I like to say that I’m a runner and talk to people about my running adventures. I run because I like having strong and sexy legs. I run [a race] because it’s one of the few things that I actually finish (and I know that I’ll have the best cheer squad!). I run because it’s fun!