What can I say? I love to run. I've run 4 full marathons and 6 halfs. But I love God more and I'm determined to run this race of life for Him to receive the ultimate prize of Heaven. I'd like to share my thoughts with you. You can agree or disagree. Comment or don't. You can read or not read. But it's here if you want it. Enjoy! .

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Why Do I Run (Part 2)


Let me start by saying I had to run on the treadmill tonight. Don't get me wrong. I'm glad to have it. It's a nice backup plan and I'd rather run on it than not run at all, but I would so much rather run outside. But I can't. For the first time in a long time, I literally can't run outside b/c there is too much snow. There is a solid sheet of ice on most of the backroads and several inches of snow on top of that. I guess I could try it, but it would be very dangerous and I think I would hurt myself. So I ran 4 tonight on the treadmill. I'm due for my long run tomorrow morning. I really considered doing it anyways. I always like an adventure. I figured I would just allow myself a lot of extra time, go slow, and give it a shot, but now I've reconsidered. I think I'll just do a regular run tomorrow, maybe back on the treadmill and save my long run for Monday morning. I'm banking that we won't have school again Monday and I can do it that morning. Of course the snow may be just as bad. It's not supposed to warm up tomorrow at all. So basically I don't know what's going to happen. I hate to just skip my long run for the week though.

Ok, back to the title of the post. First of all, I appreciate the comments I got for part 1. Let me clear up a couple things. Several of you, my wife included, were concerned about my heel pain. It's really not that bad and it's going away. I am 95% sure that it was b/c my shoes had worn out. The heel in my shoes always goes first and it causes my heel to hurt. It lets me know when I need a new pair. I bought a new pair a little over a week ago and so my heel is now getting better. But my wife did some research on things I can do to help it so I'll look into it. Secondly, I also do know that just b/c I run now, doesn't mean I will have bad knees when I grow up. I guess I played into popular thinking there but I know there's nothing to back it up. I guess I just meant the occasional pains I get, and my knees do ache every once in a while. But I'm glad that there's no proof that my knees will one day be bad b/c of what I do. I just know some people that think that way and some have even told me I shouldn't run as much as I do.

Ok, on to the goods. As I said in the last post, the goods of running far outweigh the bads. So why do I run? Well, there are several reasons. Here they are:

1. I run because it's fun. Hey that rhymed. My wife thinks I'm crazy when I say that it's "fun". She hasn't quite found the fun in it yet and I realize that some never do. But I love it. I enjoy it. I think it's fun to run on the streets. To run places I've never run. To say "yeah, I ran 20 miles before church this morning" and see the looks on people's faces. To run races and try to improve my times. It literally makes me smile a lot.
2. It makes me feel good - in so many ways. This one is going to sound selfish and it is, but I'm proud of myself when I run. I feel good about myself that I went out and ran 3,4, 12, 22 miles whatever it is. It makes me feel good and happy inside. Every once in a while when my music is playing, I get that runner's high and it's literally a euphoric feeling. While I'm being selfish, I like the praise and compliments I get because I run. It just adds to the self-confidence and pride that I have as a runner. I like doing well in races because of the "congratulations" I'll receive later. Is it wrong to feel that way? I hope not because if I'm being honest, I do.
3. I like that running keeps me healthy and fit. Now granted, I still need to work on my eating b/c I'm not great at that, but I'm in pretty good shape. I've brought my weight down from close to 200 to close to 150 and I'm hovering there consistently. I can go out and run 3-4 miles without really getting tired. I like that I can do that now. I like that when I went to my doctor last time, he told me I was doing great. There is heart disease in my genes and I'm glad I run to help with that. I hope I can keep it up well into my late years.
4. I do like to challenge myself. I love coming up with new challenges and accomplishing them. I get excited thinking about new marathons I might do in the future. I like the travel, the people I meet, the crowd cheering, and just the celebrations that each event brings. And I like pushing myself. I don't mind feeling some pain because I know it's going to be such a great feeling afterward. Now that I've accomplished the marathon, it opens the doors to so many options for me and I'm excited about taking some of them on.
5. Finally, I like the people I've met because I run. I have enjoyed so much finding others through blogs, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, whatever who share my love of running. I get so much support and encouragement through these people most of whom I will never meet. But I'm addicted to talking with them, reading their posts, and sharing stories with them. It keeps me motivated and I need that.

So there are some reasons I run. There are others, but those are what popped into my head. Running is more than just a hobby for me. It's a major part of my life and I'm so glad I found it. So why do I run? To sum up. Because I'm a runner. I'm meant to run. And next to my faith and my family, it brings the most happiness to my life.

So I plan to...

Keep runnin',


  1. Good post, great reasons, glad to hear that your heel is just your "new shoes needed" detector. My knees are mine :-). Way to keep things in the perspective as well.

    If you ever want to run in snow/ice, checkout Matt Carpenter's post - http://www.skyrunner.com/screwshoe.htm, you won't need as many screws as he shoes but I can tell you it works great and it doesn't ruin the shoes.

  2. Glad to hear that the heel is just a sign of needing new shoes. I get more achy when I need new shoes too.

    I love the reasons you run and there's nothing wrong with liking the praise that comes with running. It's an added bonus.

    Let's face it - most runners are happy. It's all those endorphins we have and it's so great being out on the road running and crossing another runner's path and just saying hi. You know you're not alone and you each give each other that knowing runner's look. It's an awesome feeling.

  3. Great post on the reasons why you run, very similar to me. Gald to know your heel was telling you that you need new shoes and not an injury.