Monday, May 21, 2012
Why I Run
However, what it all boils down to is running for yourself.
This sounds selfish but my meaning here is to run for reasons that are personal. Running is such a personalized sport, rarely done with any teammates to speak of and almost always practiced alone. Your goals and reasons for running and racing should be just as personalized. Those reasons could be because you wish to raise money for charity. They could be because you are hoping to lose weight. Perhaps you like running because of the good feeling it gives you when you complete a run. Maybe the reason you lace up your shoes is because it is far better of an addiction than one you previously had.
The main thing is that you have your own reasons. Do not run for anyone else. This is why if I meet a non-runner who makes it a point to tell me, often unsolicited, that they don't like running, I rarely waste a breath attempting to convince them otherwise. If they do not want to go for a run, I most assuredly have not been put on this planet to convince them otherwise with words. I would much rather talk to those who already share my passion or those who are curious about joining our ranks.
When you run for reasons all your own, you have a stake in your running. You do not need to prove any one wrong, you do not need to justify your passions and your grip on your happiness becomes that much stronger. When asked if I enjoy showing those who feel certain things cannot be done are actually achievable I can say with almost 100-percent accuracy that I could not care less if a naysayer now thinks twice about doubting me.
My running is, to me, a means to explore my own limits, done on my timetable, in the method I wish to achieve it. Besides a small and select group of people, approval is something I rarely seek from others.
I have found that my harshest critic, and the one who will also be most pleased with why I run in the first place is me, and tailoring my running to make me happy is the most important thing.