‘ I run because...’
...these days it isn’t considered normal to run
I run because it keeps me HEALTHY, FOCUSED AND FIT I run because I develop an emotional attachment to every new place I run I run because my thoughts are different every time I run, and I finish with a new perspective I run because each route is unique and different, no matter how many times I have run it I run because running became my regular commute to work, and a way to avoid traffic I run because it grants me FREEDOM from all boundaries, barriers and constraints I run because it’s an adventure, a quest, a journey and an exploration I run because I experience the environment: in all its variation, intimately I run because it gives me the time to explore what my heart really wants and believes in I run to ESCAPE the busyness, stress and intensity of daily life I run because I know that at the end of each run there is home I run because it constantly forces me to confront the real me, with brutal honesty I run because I love the SOLITUDE and intimacy it allows me I run because I know I cannot eat everything; a carefully-balanced diet is best I run because my distant ancestors were runners, and my future descendants probably won’t run I run because it means ACCEPTING WHO IA Mat any given moment I run because my age and speed will never deflect my interest from time and distance I run because Ima always entertained and surprised by my thoughts I run because my only opponent is myself, and I struggle to defeat that person I run because each run reaffirms my love for my wife and family I run because it allows me to listen and communicate with other runners, and it is never boring I run because I know my mind can take me where my body thinks I cannot go I run because I know that for every challenging climb up a steep hill, there is a welcome downhill I run because I seem to draw my ENERGY from the universe I run because it gives me time to meditate about all the great issues of life I run because it makes me humble in the face of many challenges I run because being injured is frustrating, but the anticipation of running again is overwhelming I run because no matter how far or long my run is, I know there will be an end and a finish I run because it teaches me about my perceived limitations, and then I challenge them I run because it’s great to achieve a PB, but even better to experience the freedom of running I run because I know that bailing is not an option; finishing is everything I run because I enjoy all types of weather, particularly when the conditions are extreme I run because I know I am not a front runner. Still, I run with the same passion as those at the front I run because I want to enjoy and contribute to a CLEANER ENVIRONMENT I run because I enjoy an exchange of greetings and pleasantries with other runners on the road I run because I can exercise at any time of the day or night, and in any place I run because I love running – and not because of what the latest technology tells me about it I run because when I HIT THE WALL, I know there is still life and running beyond this hell I run because it makes me feel tough, rugged and physical. I have a positive self image and outlook I run because exhaustion exposes the demons in me, and I continue to run to defeat those demons I run because I think I am normal, but in some ways pounding the road has made me quite eccentric I run because of the constant personal enjoyment of ACHIEVING new milestones and goals I run because it is tough to get up early, but witnessing the sunrise is magnificent I run because the preparation is often more important and enjoyable than the actual race
I run because I FEAR old age, heart problems and being overweight I run because I know running has changed me for the better, though I don’t always know how or why I run because my enjoyment and ENDURANCE depends on taking only ONE STEP AT A TIME I run because I constantly search for the perfect peace that the endorphins give I run because I enjoy the breathlessness of oxygen debt and the EXHILARATION of recovery I run because every runner on the road with me is a fellow traveller, heading towards a personal goal I run because I love to buy new running shoes, though sometimes I fear the injuries they might cause I run because when I rest, it’s the best feeling in the world I run because I enjoy rehydrating I run because it empowers me to choose my attitude, thoughts and emotions I run because it is less about winning, and more about regularly participating in all sorts of runs and races I run because I know the extra blood pumped through my brain increases my COGNITIVE powers I run because every time I do it, I am filled with gratitude that I can run
I run because my running positively affects how I live my entire life
I run because it makes me an ACCURATE JUDGE of speed, distance, direction, slope and weather I run because I am not an athlete; but running makes me so I run because it always feels good afterwards I run because it gives me an indication of my health; but I do fear the DANGERS of overtraining I run because planning my training and racing programme gives my life structure and routine I run because I can give myself rewards after voluntarily suffering through a long, hard run I run because all the routes and races I love, I will do again and again and again I run because with each CHALLENGE completed, I start planning for the next one I run because it tells me pain and suffering are soon forgotten as one prepares to hurt again I run because each race has its own unique and special T-shirt I run because I do not run away from PROBLEMS, but towards them, searching for solutions I run because it makes me more sensitive to my surroundings, and possible new routes I can run in the future I run because at times it causes pain, but it’s the kind of pain that leaves no scars, just good memories I run because I still need to learn how to block out pain, boredom, negativity and monotony I run because it teaches me to be SELF- SUFFICIENT and resourceful, as I spend hours on the road I run because it always makes me feel I am doing the right thing and that I am virtuous I run because I have seen so many runners give up over the years, and I refuse to be one of them I run because each run is filled with battles, victories, defeats, sadness and joy – and it ends in satisfaction I run because it makes me more PRODUCTIVE AND CREATIVE at work I run because talent means nothing, but courage and commitment are everything I run because the solitude on the road teaches me who I am not I run because my heart- rate monitor tells me I am not just alive, I am living, energetic and working I run because running is my church, therapist, financial planner, doctor and lover I run because I love the CAMARADERIE and excitement at mass races I run because sometimes, my head is a war zone, and my feet pound my anger into submission I run because often my mind and my body give up, but my SOUL keeps going I run because when I start, I am not sure what the end will be like I run because the more I run, the more I want to run I run because sometimes I do not want to run I run because it is often quite pointless. Maybe, I will run even harder I run because there is NO FAILURE in running. Just continual movement forward.