Why Do You Run?

People ask me all the time why I like running.  While everyone has their own reasons, my main one is that I really like to do it….and with people!  I love to run with people – it is a social thing I like to do and I look forward to my runs, once I get started (I do admit that sometimes half the battle is getting out of bed!)  The relationships I have made are worth every mile.

Why do I run?  I love the feeling I get at the end of the run, especially if I finish strongly after a short or long run and the satisfaction of finishing.

Why do I run?  I like how I feel when I’m in good shape, especially after a few good weeks of running.

Why do I run?  It is cool to be able to help other people with running as a coach or a volunteer coach for the town XC team and as a volunteer coach for my church.

Why do I run?  I do feel good when people ask me how many marathons I run and I tell them 23…. and the response I usually get.  I do like how I then tell them how I met a 74 year old runner who had run well over 150 marathons.

Why do I run?  I love the hot shower after a cold frigid weather run.

Why do I run?  I enjoy the priceless moments when my teen daughter asks me to run with her.

Why do I run?  I like the feeling of getting new sneakers…   and donating the old ones…


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On Running Songs…

Unless you are with a group of people and talking, a run can take longer to finish without distractions.  You can watch a movie while on a treadmill.  You can run to an amazing view and appreciate it.  Unfortunately, some runs are not with people or not in a place with many distractions.  Therefore, I turn to my music.   For me, these are (some of) my “go to” songs:

Track workouts:

  1. Gonna Fly Now – Rocky Soundtrack
  2. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  3. Only the Young – Journey
  4. All You Need is Now – Duran Duran
  5. C’mon C’mon – Def Leppard
  6. Burning Heart – Survivor
  7. Maniac – Michael Sembello
  8. Let’s Go – Def Leppard

Even Pacing:

  1. Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
  2. Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  3. Die Hard the Hunter – Def Leppard

These are just some of mine – what are yours?

What you still need to do is be careful – if you must listen to music on the streets, make the volume low so that you can hear cars and traffic.   It is better to stick to the paths if you are going to blast it.  Even then, you need to be aware of the other runners, bikers and animals.

Otherwise, Happy Running!

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