Running is What We Do

The past week I know that many of us have been looking back at how we ran in 2011, our successes, injuries and failures (no we don’t always succeed – but that is another post). While I was looking back at my running this year I noticed that my motivation for running had changed over the years – a lot.

What are you talking about Shaw?

As we mature as runners, our motivations to run change.

For many of us we ran initially because a friend did or wanted to be on a sports team and most running teams don’t cut too many people – they just wait for people to quit. After we got out of school, we ran to keep our weight in check or at least get back to a reasonable weight. Some even started running because someone said that they couldn’t do something i.e. run a 5K, a 10K or  a Marathon and you had to prove them wrong.

There are many reasons that people start running, stop and think about why you started. Was it one of these reasons or something else. 

Somehow along the way a funny thing begins to happen. When we don’t run, we feel like something is missing and at first we can’t figure out what it is. Finally it hits us square between the eyes – we hate to admit it and then only admit it to ourselves at first – that we like running and it’s running we are missing.

When we find that we enjoy running for the sake of running, this starts an insidious change in our outlook toward our runs – we begin to look forward to that almost daily chance to go out and run, whether is is alone or with others. We are no longer running because we feel we have to, we are running because we want to.

When did you first realize that you enjoyed running?  Do you remember what you were doing – were you running or doing something else.

It is sometime during this point that you finally realize that running has become a permanent part of your life. You might not always run daily or you might get injured and not run for a while, but you still consider yourself a runner. You know that as soon as you can you will be back out that door, going down the road or trail – running after your next goal.

It is what we do.

How about you – is that what you do?

Take a moment to let me know how you started running and when you noticed that you actually enjoyed it and what motivates you to run today.

Keep smiling and good things will happen!:-)

Originally written by Harold Shaw published at “A Veteran Runnah” © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and A Veteran Runnah” with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.