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Post by Dave Tuttle on Fri May 10, 2013 4:12 pm

We all have our own personal reasons why we run and we're all different. Why do you run?

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I actually think we should question why everyone doesn't run?

Post by Gary E on Fri May 10, 2013 11:08 pm

Linda says she runs because she can feel free for free. I'm sure glad I married such a frugal gal because I've heard how much they charge to race nowadays.

Personally, I just became addicted to the endorphin rush I got from self-powered propulsion. It was such a freeing feeling from the very beginning. It even went to a higher level when I discovered trail running in the early 80's because you were then able to get off pavement and become "one with nature".

I suppose subconsciously I knew it was good for circulation, muscle strength, and aerobic capacity, but in the long run it just became such a lifestyle thing that one didn't even consider all those benefits. Now that I'm well over five decades into the "running movement", I hate the fact that I'm so slow and clumsy...but I still cherish the concept of moving on one's own (as opposed to a walker or wheelchair) and begrudgingly accept my current limitations.
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Post by RoadKillBill on Sun May 12, 2013 7:15 am

tutt wrote:We all have our own personal reasons why we run and we're all different. Why do you run?

It's required after I swim and ride my bike. Running sucks (well, MY running, anyway).
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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by kodi30 on Sun May 12, 2013 11:52 pm

I started because of family heart problems and being overweight. I went though the phase of wow, this is fun and I like the competition. I do it now for the health benefits and because it saved my life a couple times. I'm slower than I ever thought anyone would be but then there aren't a lot of 75 year old guys running with an artificial aortic valve and a pacemaker. All is good.

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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by Rachel August on Mon May 13, 2013 9:34 am

I run because it gives me peace, it’s the only time when I feel that everything is completely right in my world. When I’m out there running listening to my feet hit the ground and feeling the power in my legs, I notice the beauty of my surroundings, I’m calm and energized at the same time. I feel alive when I run – it’s a great ride!

Other reasons why I run….
I run because runners are really cool people and I’ve made some very significant friendships with some amazing people who are runners

I run because the equipment is relatively cheap (that is, if you don’t shop a lot and shop where I do – my local running store Gazelle – renamed Gazillion)

I run because it makes me look better….I keep telling myself

I run because for me, it’s fun

I run because my husband and I both know that I might be just a tiny bit cranky if I don’t run….just a little. Wink

Running is a lifestyle for me and it has improved the quality of my life.

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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by kodi30 on Mon May 13, 2013 2:13 pm

Rachel, those are some incredible reasons. I would bet for most of us they are other reasons why we run too, at least to some degree.

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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by Marc Thayer on Thu May 16, 2013 10:30 pm

Others have detailed the many reasons why we do what we do.

I run because I can.

Since I was 11 y.o its what I have done.

There have been times when I couldn't, but always knew that its what I would be coming back to.

In the last year it has been my foundation.

As tedious as I have become to friends and family with this renewed commitment, the act of running defines me.

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Post by RoadKillBill on Fri May 17, 2013 5:34 am

Rachel August wrote:I run because it gives me peace, it’s the only time when I feel that everything is completely right in my world. When I’m out there running listening to my feet hit the ground and feeling the power in my legs, I notice the beauty of my surroundings, I’m calm and energized at the same time. I feel alive when I run – it’s a great ride!

Other reasons why I run….
I run because runners are really cool people and I’ve made some very significant friendships with some amazing people who are runners

I run because the equipment is relatively cheap (that is, if you don’t shop a lot and shop where I do – my local running store Gazelle – renamed Gazillion)

I run because it makes me look better….I keep telling myself.

I run because for me, it’s fun

I run because my husband and I both know that I might be just a tiny bit cranky if I don’t run….just a little. Wink

Running is a lifestyle for me and it has improved the quality of my life.

I want to change my answer. What she said. And when I really feel the need to spend money, there are bike stores.
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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by Rachel August on Fri May 17, 2013 4:52 pm

Bill - you crack me up!!!!

BTW - I really enjoy running with you and so I know that your running is pretty dang good!!!

If I cycled I'm pretty sure we'd have to take out some serious
loans.....maybe refinance the house….and get second jobs…..


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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by Dave Tuttle on Fri May 17, 2013 5:32 pm

I'm really enjoying these posts... I think because I see a lot of myself in each of them. I'll add my reasons soon too but I need an hour or so of free time to find the words.

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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by twal on Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:35 pm

I always wanted to be an athlete but I was born with close to zero athletic ability. I'm slow, weak, poorly coordianted, skinny, etc. I got into running because I suck less at running than at other sports. Along the way, I've had some limited success, made a lot of friends and just enjoy competing, even if it is only for third place in the old timers age group.

Plus, like Gary, I'm cheap and like the fact that running is a pretty inexpensive sport (if you discount all the expenses from injuries).

Overall, I think it has lead to a better quality of life for me.

I've run about 56,000 miles over 47 years so I must like it at elast a little.

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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by Dave Tuttle on Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:09 pm

twal wrote:I always wanted to be an athlete but I was born with close to zero athletic ability. I'm slow, weak, poorly coordianted, skinny, etc. I got into running because I suck less at running than at other sports. Along the way, I've had some limited success, made a lot of friends and just enjoy competing, even if it is only for third place in the old timers age group.

Plus, like Gary, I'm cheap and like the fact that running is a pretty inexpensive sport (if you discount all the expenses from injuries).

Overall, I think it has lead to a better quality of life for me.

I've run about 56,000 miles over 47 years so I must like it at elast a little.

I would say that anyone with 56,000 miles under their belt has A LOT of athletic ability Tom... cheers

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Post by twal on Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:24 pm

56,000 miles has little to do with ability. It's just a matter of lacing em up and heading out the door.

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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by kodi30 on Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:42 pm

Twal, your background sounds the same as mine, except for the skinny part. I was always a chubby kid, thank goodness running helped that somewhat. I still see me as chubby when I look in the mirrow.
I have no idea of how many miles I have on this old body but of the 34 years I've been at it I had many years with 2000+ miles. Maybe some day I should record my running logs into a spreadsheet.

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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by Rick S. on Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:34 pm

Collaterals -and because I, happily,  can.
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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by kcy1998 on Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:14 pm

Rick,
Concise and to the point. I am with you.
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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by echoguy on Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:50 pm

endorphins:D

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Re: Why Do You Run?

Post by Marc Thayer on Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:55 am

I'm with Brian on that ...for sure.

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