April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere, Erika from MCM Mama Runs, and Patty from No-Guilt Life. This week's topic is Why I Run.
Before anything else, I run for myself. No one else knows all I go through and no one else is out there with me on those crazy runs or crazy races. It keeps me healthy and happy and able to keep up with my busy schedule without having a meltdown. Running is one of those sports when you technically aren't competing with anyone but yourself. They are my PRs that I am trying to beat and what I'm working towards. That is why I love the bling so much! When I look at my medals, I think about how much training got me there, memories during the race and what it all means to me.
I also run for others. I truly believe anyone and everyone can be a runner and has the power to accomplish their goals. I want to inspire people that they to can reach their goals with hard work and determination. If you want to run a race-whether a 5k, 10k, half or full, ultra or triathlon-then you can! You just have to be realistic (you aren't going to go from couch to marathon in 2 months without getting really injured!) and get to training for it! My boyfriend is one of those people-after seeing me run so much he has decided to take up running. He is finally going to cross it off his bucket list to run a marathon next year and he even told me last night at dinner that now he has a far off goal of BQing. So it looks like we will be running for a long time to come.
I especially want to inspire younger people to run. One of my new traditions when I go home now is to a short run with my three younger siblings. They love it and I'm hoping when they are old enough, we can do a Disney 5k together!
My boyfriends niece has been visiting the past few weeks and she is obsessed with my race pictures and my medals. She was over and touched every medal I have and tried most of them on. She has done a 5k, so I explained to her how I've run 10ks, half (21k) and full (42k) and she loved it. She's planning on doing the rundisney Disneyland Paris 5k with us in 2016!
Another reason I continue to run, especially rundisney races, is the community. I love the running community and what we stand for. I have met so many strangers and just chatted about whatever and we feel a connection. and the rundisney peeps? Well they just GET ME! They are seriously my people. We wear costumes, run through theme parks and do crazy things like all these challenges and the granddaddy of them all: Dopey! and there are at least a few thousand people doing the same crazy races I am at every race. Seriously my people! and as I met more people through facebook and the blogosphere, I love it even more!
So what inspires you to run? Why do you run?