Why Wednesday–Why I Run

Why I Run – aka How I got bitten by the Racing/Running Bug

BECAUSE I CAN! That’s the biggest answer I can give. I was obese for a long time and never worked out. During my weight loss journey, I started to love exercising. I still never really had an interest in running.

What really started my love affair with running was once I reached my goal of losing 100 pounds. I wrote a little bit about what happened once I lost all the weight. I was floundering a bit. I wasn’t sure what to do. So I thought, “Why don’t I train for a 5k?”

I needed a goal to work towards.

Running can be frustrating. Hard. Exhausting. Sometimes painful. But when it gets too hard I just remind myself of this: When I was 250 I COULDN’T run. Now I CAN. And I WILL.

Why I Run:

To Lose Weight

  • This can honestly be counter-productive. When I started running, I thought it was just another way to lose weight and to maintain my weight loss. That’s somewhat true. What else is true: Runners needs to eat A LOT of food. Food is fuel. And when training for a running event, it’s pretty common to gain weight.

To Improve My Health

  • Running strengthens my heart. I love the way it feels pounding in my chest as I run.
  • Running reduced my blood pressure. By an astounding amount. I suffered from really high blood pressure for a long time and my doctors wanted to put me on medication. Not anymore! My dentist asked if I was a runner yesterday. I said yes, why? He said because I have the blood pressure and heart rate of a runner.

To Compete in Races

  • I am not a competitive person. I never thought I would ever want to run a race, or a marathon for that matter. But after I ran my first 5k (and with the flu!) I was definitely bitten by the race bug.
  • It’s a totally awesome feeling running with thousands of other people. People who love running, love the pain, love the rewards.
  • I love my race T-shirts and wear them with pride.

To Work Towards an Attainable Goal

  • Setting goals for myself to work towards keeps me focused and on track.

To Feel Good About Myself

  • I love that my self esteem has increased because of running.
  • I love that I CAN run.
  • After years of hating my body, my body is now a machine that carries me across the finish line!
  • I have confidence in my abilities now.

To Relieve Stress

  • I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression most of my life. Having an outlet when things get “crazy” in life makes a huge difference.
  • The “Runners High” is a totally valid and real phenomenon!

QUESTION: WHY do you run? If you aren’t a runner, why do you do the exercise you do?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

6 thoughts on “Why Wednesday–Why I Run”

  1. I loved this post. So inspirational!! I love running for the endorphins, how it wakes me up, clears my mind, focuses my energy, and keeps me healthy šŸ™‚ I’d say my #1 reason is I can genuinely get “me time”. šŸ™‚

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