2018 Global Running Day: 10 Reasons Why I Run

On this Global Running Day – a day that celebrates the sport of running – I thought I’d reflect on why I run. So here’s 10 reasons. This list is by no means exhaustive, as there are a multitude of reasons. Why do you run?

  1. It brings me joy and puts a huge smile on my face every daySoldier Field.
  2. No matter what is thrown at me, I know I can count on running to calm my nerves, help relieve life’s stressors, and just unwind.
  3. It helps me overcome obstacles and challenges – not only on the track or race course – but in life as well.
  4. I really like food – especially pizza, beer and ice cream – all of which taste even better after a good run!
  5. I’ve discovered so much about myself and what I’m truly capable of through running.
  6. I love helping others discover running – whether coaching Chicago Endurance Sports, pacing various races or encouraging current/past teammates.
  7. The community! I’ve met some of my best friends through running.
  8. It reminds me that hard work can lead to a great reward.
  9. Some of my best thoughts, reflections and ideas come to me when I’m running.
  10. Because my biggest inspiration (my father) encouraged me to start and while I can’t run with him today in person, I do in spirit every time I lace up my sneakers.
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