- Anyone can run BUT not everyone does. Running sets me apart from others--not because I'm great at it but solely because I get out and do it. I'm more a diligent worker rather than talented in most things I do in my life. Running fits this category.
- Running gives me a feeling of accomplishment. Some days I don’t get much done. Regardless of desire, planning, or exertion I often end the day with looming unfinished projects--a messy house, reports due for work, kids that haven’t been read to enough, etc.. I can withstand the discouragement of an unproductive day if I have run. At least I finished something!
- Running allows me personal success. My kids have quit asking if I won when return home from a race because they know the answer. I will NEVER win a race but I can achieve PR (personal record) goals. Even with the interfering factors of weather, injury, hydration, etc., running primarily depends on my preparation and effort. I try not to compare myself to other runners (because I won’t compete) but I can compare myself to the other 38 year-old women who are still sleeping when I get home from a training run or race.
- Running gives me confidence. When I am consistent in my training, I feel smarter, more out-going, and more confident in everything I try. I think that the small goals I attain with running trigger me to attempt achievement in other areas and help me to take failure in stride.
- Running disciplines me. I’ve got a spouse, three children, a part-time career, and church responsibilities. Balance can be difficult to find but I believe that the self-discipline I gain from running helps me balance the other areas of my life. If I carve out the time to run and plan my training for growth, other things tend to fall in line.
So...I haven’t quoted any scientific evidence claiming that increased endorphins from running are keeping me from spending a fortune on Prozac but these are my reasons. Be they illogical, unfounded, completely false, or plain old touchy-feely, they work for me.I am a runner.