As a large 215 pound male I am asked this question often…why run? Of course, everyone is looking for a simple answer like to win, to lose weight, to burn calories or to stay in shape, but for many of us I think it's deeper than that. In the beginning I could only swim, because I was 349 pounds. Running was the last thing on my mind.
As I began to shed the pounds and run for all the above reasons I struggled with PR's, how fast I ran, distance and what place I finished. It was only after the times passed of Half Marathons, Marathons and Iron Man Distance triathlons that I learned the "real" benefits of running. The problem until this point was that I tried to run too fast, too hard, too long or too often.
I won a book as a door prize called Born to Run and I was intrigued by the message I received from the book. I learned to slow down, enjoy the scenery and my time alone. I learned that my overall health was better, that I made many great friends and that I would most likely never win a running race unless there was a Clydesdale class! I also learned the same things as many of you, but most of all I learned to enjoy it! I learned to enjoy the smells, the rain on my face, the snow on my nose, the smart remarks from passing motorists and the fact that when I am running I go to a place that isn't often visited…A place that crosses pain with joy and defeat with accomplishment.
Running is my release from whatever is keeping me from being happy and I encourage everyone to learn to enjoy it like your favorite dessert! I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years of running and met my beautiful wife in the process. What a wonderful change running has made in my life and I will cherish the experience forever!
Below is a list of the "best" reasons to run..