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I run for me. I run for the feeling that I get when I finish a race. I run to stay fit and healthy. I run to prove to myself that anything is possible!
"I can't means I won't"
I run because I refuse to get old! I will not be a decrepit, overweight, old man who cannot get up and move around on my own! I have always had great endurance but didn't know about 5K races until I was 40. Now, at 47, I medal in my own age division and then I listen to the times of winners in other age divisions and take pride in the fact that I have finished faster than some good runners who are 10 -15 years younger than I am. And, lastly, after breaking my ankle and not being able to run for 3 years, I have discovered that I enjoy running more than I thought I did and I appreciate the fact that I can still run. BE GONE, YE CANE AND WALKER.....BE GONE!!!
I run to stay in shape, clear my head and to feel good.
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I run because......
Not running sucks. I couldn't run for about 2.5 years, due to migraines. Every time I attempted any time of aerobic exercise, including running, downhill skiing, swimming, anything I liked, I would either get vertigo, headaches, lightheadedness or nausea or a combination of all/some of the above. I was also battling it all in my everyday life without excercise, so things weren't fun.
I had been a runner for so much of my life. I started years ago because I found walking was too slow and bored me. And I found that I really liked it. It was something I could do just for me. I ran half-marathons and even finished a marathon.
So, it was pretty devastating to have to stop running. It does suck indeed. Nice to run again.
I run because:
it forces me to get outdoors
makes me try harder than I've ever tried at anything in my life
keeps me proud of myself in spite of my slow pace
Helps me to control my weight
but mostly because I love the way I feel at the end
I run because I like being in the best condition I've been in in over 35 years. It's cheap (once you get your shoes, gear/accessories, loaded MP3 player, proper food and drinks, etc. out of the way), it's very healthy, it's easy enough for most of us to do (and bless the ones who can only wish they could), it's a generally convenient exercise option, it can be as tough or as easy as you want it, it inspires my family, my doctor gave me an A+ grade on my last physical, and at nearly 56 years old, I'm still looking forward to more challenging distances this year -- my first 1/2 M in April.
NucleEd -- Thank you so much for your service. Best wishes to you on the roads.
Thank you so much jmsab23! I have an extended/revised version that I will also share. I know it is overly-simplistic in terms of poetry writing, but that is okay with me because it expresses feelings about running. (I think I was also inspired by Melissa Etheridge and "I run for life"...that song will forever be on my IPOD). Anyway, feel free to use any/all of the lines..I hope it will be encouraging and thank you again!
I run for hope and to celebrate the health base,
I run for charity and a wish to increase my pace,
I run for the disadvantaged who cannot join the race,
I run for those who will never have the label of ace,
I run for youth and the joy of a smile on a child's face,
I run for special events even if I will not place,
I run for the finish line in every case,
I run for others not in the chase,
I run for loved ones already passed from this worldly space,
I run for pride that will leave a lasting trace,
I run for God and increased grace
I run because it makes me feel strong, inside and out
I run because when my little daughters cheer for me at the finish line I feel like a super hero, and when I run with them I feel like I've given them a gift of strength
I run because it's the only time I get to myself in my long, hectic weeks
I run because I love the feel of the starting mat under my foot and the cheers at the finish line; the endorphins make me feel like I've won, even as a mid-pack runner
I run because I love hearing people say, "You ran a half marathon?" and thinking to myself, "I know! I did!"
I run because nothing has ever made me feel alive in quite the same way, and even when it's difficult and frustrating, it's a relationship with myself I've come to charish
I run because I can
3/19/11 Holy Grail 5K 36:20 (First 5K)
4/10/11 Wellness 5K 30:48
4/23/11 Stonyfield 5K 30:28
5/7/11 Dover 5K: 29:39
5/23/11 Get Fit in May 5K 29:44
5/29/11 Redhook 5K 29:32 (PR)
6/11/11 Market Square 10K 1:08:40 (First 10K)
8/18/11 Saunders 10K 1:07:35.49
9/5/11 St. Charles Childrens' Run: 29:54
9/10 Fox Point 5 Mile: 49:03
9/25 Holy Grail 5K: 32:33 (with bronchitis)
10/9 Great Island 5K 32:54.23 (still with bronchitis)
11/13 Seacoast 1/2 Marathon: 2:31:39 (1st 1/2 Marathon)
1/1/12 First Run 10K 1:4:45 (PR)
2/19/12 Half at the Hamptons 2:28:18 PR
3/24/12 Holy Grail 5K 28:17 PR
4/21/12Whale of a 5K (first trail race) 30:24
3/30/12April Fools 4 Miler 36:39 (9:10mm)
6/12/12 Margaritas 5K 27:52 (9mm) PR