Why We Run
One of the things I love about running is that everyone runs for different reasons. And that topic usually comes up when you go on a group run with new people, after you’ve covered the bases like what you do and where you’re from. Some people have been running since grade school; others pick up the sport later in life. They love the “runner’s high,” the structure, the community, the competition, you name it.
This Wednesday, June 3, is National Running Day. Organizers call it a “coast-to-coast celebration of running.” What could be better than that?
You’ve probably seen the teal tags that say “I run…” around the web in celebration of prior years’ events. So generate some buzz for this year’s National Running Day, I asked several of my fellow Minneapolis Running authors about why they run and why they love the sport. Here’s a snippet of what they had to say:
Why We Run
I love the community that surrounds the sport. Runners understand each other and the strange things we do such as refusing to accept the weather and wearing band-aids over nipples. Runners know they are an unique breed, and that is part of what makes the sport so fulfilling. — Lisa Fenske
I love that the sport brings people together. I have met many of my best friends through running, and share lots of fond memories with them. This sport is great because you can socialize and exercise all at the same time! I would say there are many different reasons why I run, depending on the day, but it all boils down to the love of myself and a good pair of shoes. — Dani Stack
I love the simplicity of the sport and that I can do it just about anywhere. It’s not easy to put into words why I run, but the best way I can sum it up is to say running is my art. It’s an outlet for me on a physical, mental and spiritual level. — Jared VanderHook
I love that running takes virtually no work to throw on a pair of shoes and head out the door. I love that I can use it as a form of meditation, to think about a problem, to let my mind wander, to explore a new place, or to push myself physically. — Nathan Freeburg
As for me, I run because it can be that one uncomplicated thing when life gets hectic. I love that it brings people together, too. There’s no better way to get to know someone than going for a run.
Why do you run? And what are you doing to celebrate National Running Day?
Tell us in the comments below!