50 Good Reasons to Run

By , SparkPeople Blogger
I started running several years ago and could barely handle 10 minutes of it. But I kept at it—and I'm sure glad I did.  Three-and-a-half years, countless races, and thousands of miles later, "runner" is now a big part of my personal identity.  I run in rain, snow, sleet, wind. I run through every season and at every time of day. I run for doughnuts and even through muddy obstacles—for the fun of it. Some may think that's crazy, but other members of this special club understand. When you choose to join (we're always welcoming new members), you'll understand it, too.
To celebrate my fellow runners and the sport that has my heart, I created this list of all the reasons why I (love to) run.
  1. I run to leave my troubles behind.
  2. I run to move forward.
  3. I run to be alone.
  4. I run to be with others.
  5. I run to push myself to my limits.
  6. I run to test myself.
  7. I run to compete with others.
  8. I run to compete against myself.
  9. I run to think about everything.
  10. I run to think about nothing.
  11. I run to listen to my heart.
  12. I run to listen to my thoughts.
  13. I run to listen to my music.
  14. I run to listen to the quiet.
  15. I run to take in the scenery.
  16. I run to explore a new city.
  17. I run to work out wherever I am.
  18. I run to get from point A to B.
  19. I run to save on gas.
  20. I run to just get out and go.
  21. I run to break in my shoes.
  22. I run to buy new shoes.
  23. I run to salute the sun.
  24. I run to be in nature.
  25. I run to have a routine.
  26. I run to be spontaneous.
  27. I run to breathe.
  28. I run to relax.
  29. I run to energize.
  30. I run to reach new goals.
  31. I run to reach new heights.
  32. I run to reach new distances.
  33. I run to get sweaty.
  34. I run to become breathless.
  35. I run to get vitamin D.
  36. I run to manage my weight.
  37. I run to enjoy that dessert
  38. I run to be fit.
  39. I run to be healthy.
  40. I run to have great legs.
  41. I run to have great lungs.
  42. I run to be faster.
  43. I run to be stronger.
  44. I run to get better.
  45. I run to escape.
  46. I run to be present.
  47. I run to be mindful.
  48. I run to be a better athlete.
  49. I run to be a better person.
  50. I run to feel alive.
I run because I can. And as long as I can run, I will.

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NANCYPAT1 8/28/2019
Thanks Report
At my age the only reason I would have for running is that something bigger and meaner than is chasing me. And maybe not even than. Report
LIDDY09 8/12/2019
Thanks. I love running! Report
EO4WELLNESS 8/12/2019
Wish Coach Nicole was back Report
PICKIE98 8/11/2019
Away from a grizzly bear. Report
KHALIA2 6/20/2019
I love each and every one of the reasons to run. Report
KHALIA2 5/8/2019
Love this article! Thanks! Report
SXB990 3/17/2019
Great article Report
SXB990 3/9/2019
Awesome Report
ELRIDDICK 12/21/2018
Thanks for sharing Report
DIGIT00 12/18/2018
I use the same motivations to exercise Report
I can't run. But I *can* walk, & I'll use these motivations to do it more. Report
I only run because it's the fastest way for me to burn calories at home. Report
MBPP50 12/18/2018
Thank you Report
EAGLEKWE 12/18/2018
I love to run for the challenge. I'm 55 and just started a few years ago. Guess I have plenty of good running years left. Report
CECELW 12/17/2018
I never understood the whole running thing. Boring to me, but I know some people love it Report
SPUNOUTMOM 12/17/2018
I love running. This is such a good list. Thank you. Report
TAYGRL 12/17/2018
Dealing with a bad knee, I have to mix my running up with other activities but in the whole it has helped improve my overall fitness. Report
SPINECCO 12/17/2018
Thanks. Report
I ran for a while. Loved it. Hard on the knees, though. Walking works for me now. Report
Running is NOT for everyone. Especially on a hard surface such as a road or sidewalk. Nor is breathing in lots of "fresh air" such as air in NYC and LA. At 78 years old I have learned that exercise in doors, on a treadmill, is much easier on the body. The slight cushioning is very desirable. I know two runners in their early 40's that are facing knee replacements. Not a happy thought. So give it some serious thought before you lace up those runners and head outdoors.
Funny how being DIAGNOSED with asthma seems to be a death sentence to runners at least in my experience - yeah I knew there was something not right but
i still pushed my self Report
I pick number 5 and 32 because I want to push myself to the limit until I have no energy left and wanting to reach a new distance that I have never done before. Report
A lot of good reasons to run. I have to learn to get there. Report
Great article Report
Thanks for sharing, Coach Nicole. Great tips! Report
I run to leave my troubles behind--I love it! Report
Interesting read! Report
Great article! Report
I need to start running again! Report
Good article Report
Good stuff. Report
Walking is my drug of choice, but this is great! Report
love this Report
Love all of these and I love to run, it relaxes me and that is where I solved all my issues. Report
I wanted to refer real research to the last poster, but as often happens when I read a comment about the danger of running because "they know someone who" her page is "offline and unavailable" This happens a lot. Actually, statistically, runners suffer fewer joint problems than non runners. Of course you have to run smart. Don't increase too far or too fast too quickly. Stretch afterwards etc. And if you hurt, STOP! Also each pound adds 4 to 10 pounds of pressure on your knees, so watching your weight a good idea too. One reason not to run is if you don't like it. There are plenty of other ways to get exercise. Unfortunately, you can get hurt in a lot of them, so workout smart whatever you choose to do. Report
I don't want to sound like a negative downer, but I do suggest doing a Search on the damage running can do. It may not show up until older, but most likely it will show up in some way or another. A runner friend of mine can't run anymore due to terrible arthritis in her knees caused by her running. I have never been a runner because I had read years ago of the consequences of doing so. Just check it out is all I'm saying. Report
Thank you, Coach Nicole. Wonderful reasons to run or walk! So happy for these thoughts! Report
All inspiring and I wish I could run for any length of time. I find a good fast walk outside gives me many of this benefits. Report
Very inspiring reasons to run! Report
I actually take interval runs to manage my weight and relieve stress. It works like a charm for me. I often run to work things through with or without music. It depends on my mood. I ALWAYS feel better after an interval run. Report
41. I run to have great lungs. I have not been able to run for more than 10 minutes since I was diagnosed with asthma. I can now run twice as long after 8 years Report
I was a runner until I broke my ankle in April. Doctor says I'll be able to run again, but it will take a while. I have set a goal of running the Seven-Mile Bridge in Marathon next April, I should be close to 100% by then. Report
I used to run before life kicked me in the pants..... Report
This has really inspired me to start running. I was running for 5 minutes and Completely out of breath. I will run to stay healthy, And because I can, And that is reason enough. Report
Amen! Report
45. I run to escape.
You could reprint this article with a slight change in text... "I walk..." instead of "I run..."

I can't run because I have completely shattered knees and a hip replacement but I can walk and I do, about 32 miles per week normally. Report