ZOOMA/Dimity from Another Mother Runner posted this great video of women from the Great Lakes ZOOMA race on why they run…
If you had asked me a year ago why I run, I probably would have given you a different answer. Before finishing my first full marathon, I ran to meet goals, to the beat the clock, and to push myself in ways that I didn’t think were possible.
After I finished my marathon, my mindset changed slightly. Don’t get me wrong, I still ran to beat the clock (and I got that half marathon PR!), but something changed. Running become more a chore and it wasn’t fulfilling me in ways that it had in the past. I still enjoyed running, but I didn’t know what to get out of it. The tendonitis in my ankle did not help matters and I know I needed a break. So I took one. Kinda.
During the “what next” phase from April-August (aka – off season in Florida) plans for a 3rd baby were still up in the air, but in my heart I knew that I really wanted to expand my family. We are one happy foursome, but we weren’t complete. I opted to steer clear of marathon training, even though I knew if I didn’t get pregnant I would regret it. So I turned to old favorites (like spin) and new (like boot camp) and got into really great shape. Before I got pregnant this time, I was probably in the best shape of my life.
However,the itch to run never goes away. So, despite finally deciding were going to try for a 3rd I HAD to sign up for a few races (Yes, I signed up for both before I got pregnant). It was killing me not to. I figured if it was meant to be, it was meant to be. I can’t put my life on hold and besides, plenty of women run when they are pregnant!
And lo and behold, at the end of August I saw those two lines and suddenly my reasons for running changed again. A lot of people have asked me why I’m still running, if it’s safe for the baby (yes, it’s very safe as long as I’m listening to MY body), and if it’s a good idea to run so far.
Here’s the thing: I’m not running to beat anything (or anyone) or to meet any goals. I’m not running to lose weight or get in shape. I run to stay healthy and for the health of my baby. I run because I know it will help me through labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery. I run to set an example for my kids, who will be told various times in their lives that they can’t. I run because I enjoy the fresh air and feeling of putting one foot in front of the other. I run because I enjoy sunrises and jamming out to loud music. I run because it feels good. I run because it doesn’t get my heart rate as high as other forms of exercise. I run for friendship and for fun. And finally, I run because I can — and I will until it gets too hard or too challenging.
Why do you run?
FYI: ZOOMA wants to know why YOU run. Stop by and let them know to enter their giveaway!