Why Do Runners Run?

We have all heard the, “Run Forest run” and the, “I don’t run unless I am being chased” jokes that poke fun at runners’ seemingly unexplainable need to run. Different people run for different reasons, so let’s break down a few of them.

I run to be the fastest:
This is the type of person that was the fastest runner in your P.E. class. It didn’t matter if they were running the 100 yard dash or the mile, this person never lost a race. Chances are, that as an adult, this person is still searching for the ultimate challenge.

I run to go the furthest:
10682221_1577999442420358_6724252702843895372_ophoto cred (Glen Delman)
This is the person at your office that goes out for “runch” during lunch breaks at work. There is no such thing as a bad time to squeeze in a few miles. Inclement weather and extreme temperatures both fear this runner.

I run for fun:
This runner can often be found crushing races, as long as there is plenty of beer and a good social atmosphere. This person cannot be found if these elements aren’t present.

I run from addiction:
Running literally saved this person’s life.

I run for the adventure:
IMG_2194 Every new day is an opportunity for a new adventure for this runner.

I run to fight depression:
This is the type of person that will not go down without a fight.

No matter what situation motivates a person to run, it is a physical means of becoming a better version of yourself–one step at a time. When you focus on becoming the best version of yourself, nothing or no one can truly disappoint you because, at the end of the day, you are making progress! Always win, never take losses, keep going!


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