Emily likes to dabble in the occasional sweaty shuffle and is aiming for 4 half marathons wearing her OpMove top with pride each time. She also talks a bit of bollocks over at Mrs Sabbatical and gets creative with Zoey at The Shake.
It’s a question that most runners get asked.
Especially when friends hear that you had to wake up before 4am to get to a race. That’s kinda early. During the summer it’s common to see the usual suspects of local runners pace it around our local park at 5, getting some mileage in before work.
Not everyone wants to do that.
But then you talk to people who run, or their partners, and the reasons are as many as they are varied.
Some start for the health reasons, maybe C25K, maybe a little weightloss, but then it becomes more. There are goals, a first 10km, a first half, a first full. Some do it for the competitive edge, to be able to keep up with the kids, the thrill of the event, the medal and PB.
I love the training more than the event. I enjoy reaching my own personal PB’s or consistently running a hill owning it more and more each time, maybe going a little further than I believed I could.
And sunrises, I run for the sunrises.
But one of the most common reasons seems to be mental health. Mental health sounds a bit formal, yet most people happily say “running makes me feel good” (I realize I’m focusing on running but the moving could just as well be swimming, riding, hoola hooping…. etc).
For many, running is meditation on the move, a chance to clear their head before the day ahead or work through the day just past.
Running has given me an additional purpose during the year, events to keep training for. A push to get up during chilly, winter mornings and a team to be part of when I have not really wanted to move. Turning these goals into reality, grabbing those PBs on a crisp Sunday morning, chatting to amazing running buddies have buoyed my enthusiasm and confidence ready to smash bigger goals and challenges.
And it means I can eat hipster donuts guilt free.
That’s why I run.