Thursday, January 23, 2014

For the love of Running

People run for a variety of reasons and for some those reasons can change daily. We thought we would share with you why each of us love running in a way to help you get to know each of us better and to explore what made you fall in love with running. We have found that sharing stories both motivates us and others by finding we can all relate.

Dana: Some days I run to loose myself, some days I run to find myself. Running is a way for me to feel like I'm in control. I can control how far and how fast. I have running to thank for finding my identity again. Runners are determined, powerful, strong, and when they set their mind to something... they see it to the finish line. All the things I am and strive to be on the road and off. The feeling I get when finishing a run is a high that is somewhat hard to describe, I am able to leave the days stress and emotional junk all out on the pavement all the while pushing my body further than I ever thought and accomplishing more than I ever thought I could. Being a part of the running community and the bonds and friendships made all because of the same shared passion is priceless! 

Dawn: The reason I love to run has changed. I began running to get in shape and all in all for my general health. I began slowly with the couch to 5k, and when I say slowly I mean slowly. I would do days and weeks over and over again. Then as I got more confident with my running and some nudging from my sister I wanted to go further. I trained for a hald marathon then a full marathon. Now, my love has changed again. It's not about my health and it's not about the next goal it's about ME! I don't mean that in a selfish way I mean it as if I get my run in my spirits are higher, my energy levels are higher and physically feel better. All of this helps me be a better wife, mother, friend or whatever hat I need to wear. I can be there for the people who need me the most! You have to take care of "Me" to be able to take care of "We"!

Debi: Running has taught me to push myself beyond my comfort zone and to stop letting things that intimidate me control my actions. It has helped me learn to believe in myself, and realize that all things are possible if you put your mind to it and do the work. I didn't realize ow much love running until I got injured which allowed me to see how much it meant to me. I started running because I was inspired to do something so much bigger than me. I continued because that's also where I found my self, my strength, and my perseverance! I love to run after I get off work at night, it helps take away the stress from the day, but my favorite runs are with friends. There is nothing better than going out for a long run with a friend and talking and laughing the miles away.

Janell: Why I love to run has evolved for me over the years. In the very beginning it was a means to an end. I needed to get back in shape and I enjoy the discipline of training programs so it worked. It then became something I loved and felt passionate about making my schedule work to fit it in. The relationships kindled and grown from my favorite running buddies to showing me I could accomplish distances I simply never thought possible. Running is empowering and humbling and let's face it; we can all use a little more of both of those things in our lives.

Jennifer: Running is a 5-step process of love for me. It humbles me when I run through the woods at sunrise and glimpse the world and it's beauty. I love that it pushes me to know that each mile offers more satisfaction and achievement than the last. I love that it's empowering, as I tackle challenges in one area of life, discipline and strength show up in other areas too. I love the high after a run that not only feels good in the moment but attributes to my overall health. And the last stage of my love of running, is the community and camaraderie of it all, that even if you're running by yourself, you're never running alone.

Stacey: Why do I love to run? It's simple really: I love to eat! :) Pizza, pasta, steak, cakes, cookies and donuts. Haven't met many foods I don't like. I really started running almost 25 years ago after I put on my freshman 15. I was walking but then I realized I could cover more miles in less time if I just ran instead. Now, I do it because I love it. Like the others, I love to run because it makes me feel better both physically and mentally. I love a quiet run alone as well as a run with a friend or with my sister. I love an early morning run at sunrise or an evening run after dark. I love a warm summer run and even a crisp, cold run in the winter. I love a familiar route as well as discovering new territory. It's that simple, I love to run!

One of the many reasons that running continues to unite our group and so many others it that no matter what your story is, how fast you are, where you come from or how athletic you are, you can run and we love that. Running doesn't discriminate. Join us!


  1. <3 It's so funny that we all have such different reasons. I'm a combination of so many of these. But no matter what, we're all in it together.

    1. We sure are Jennifer!! When we put this together it was surprising to see how different our reasons were. That's what so great about running! <3

  2. great post Girls! Running is the best!