Why We Run
There are many reasons why people run so subsequently, there are many different types of runners.
I personally started running for clarity and to lose weight. It was a very hectic, dark time in my life and so one December night I ran in my faded blue sweatshirt and sweatpants through my college campus and through downtown.
I was slow, breathing heavy, and had my music blaring, but it felt right. Felt good, calming. So I decided to make a change. The second I walked back into my dorms, I changed my outlook. I decided right then and there to become a runner.
I weighed 230 pounds, was failing my classes, was a broke college freshman, and felt completely alone in the world, but as a runner, I felt empowered, strong, fearless.
Running gave me the sense that I deserved to be alive that I had been struggling to find for so long. Gave me something to look forward to, in essence saved my life.
Slowly, my eating habits changed, I became physically stronger, I could run 5 miles without stopping, I was happy. And people noticed.
One day, my mom came up to me and asked, “Do you feel happier?”
“Yeah, I really do.” was my response.
Because I seriously did.
My journey aside, there are “categories” of runners like; runners for charity, competition runners, weight-loss runners, triathlon training runners, and the “Sunday” runners.
I wrote an analytical essay last semester about these different kinds of runners and how they impact the community and the running world as well as themselves. I gathered a crap-ton of facts regarding running and health impacts and such and somehow came to the conclusion that we all for one reason.
Weight-loss runners run to lose weight, but by running to accomplish a goal they associate how positive their outlook on their weight is with running.
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Charity runners go to different sponsored events to raise funds, or run in memory of, or support someone else, but they too associate their struggles and triumphs with running.
Triathlon Training runners have 3 times the work to do than a “normal” runner, but running is an integral part of their training that, if not completed, could be the downfall of their race.
“Sunday” runners are those people you see on the trails or in the parks who go running every now and again because maybe it makes them happy or maybe they feel like its doing their bodies good. (Which it is!) Nonetheless, they’re running.
It’s hard not to feel connected to the running community whether you’re jogging through a park flashing a quick smile at the passing runner or competing in a local race, there’s a sense of belonging unbeknownst to the rest of the world. 🙂
As John Bingham stated, “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”