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Why do you run?

There's no doubt about it: running is grueling. It can be hours of constant exertion, waking before dawn, blisters, and muscle fatigue. No wonder there's the adage from runners that "my sport is your sport's punishment."

So why do you do it? What is it about running that appeals to you and keeps you going, mile after mile?

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Mark Olsen2014-11-13 03:55 PMID: 133252
My mantra is:
A body in motion stays in motion
While it doesn't need to be running (most any exercise will keep my body moving) I find that running is such a simple exercise it's easy keep up with it. Sure the first mile isn't very fun but once my "engine" is warmed up it can become a meditative experience. Add in scenic locations (beach, trails, etc.) and you have a great mix of simple exercise and inspiring views.
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Jacqueline Gragnola2014-11-13 05:14 PMID: 133303
It's one of the only times during the day that I have all to myself...to think through complex thoughts, and to clear my head. There's also the added benefit of feeling flexible and healthy, and having the ability to compete at a higher level in other sports.
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Brian Matis2014-11-14 04:28 PMID: 133693
Nice! You've both definitely hit on some of the same reasons I run.

Mark mentioned the simplicity of it, which is a major factor for me. There's no need to coordinate with a bunch of other people. You don't have to make the trip to the gym. You don't need a lot of specialized gear or equipment (well, at least not until you start getting way into it ;-). You can just lace up, head out the door, and go! So many of the excuses to not exercise just don't really exist with running.

Plus, I love that the metrics and ability to see improvement are so simple as well.

And as Jackie said, it's also a wonderful way to clear your head. Some of my best thinking definitely happens on a run.

Thanks for your thoughts on this topic!
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Uni Kitty2014-11-19 10:10 AMID: 134693
You guys are so nerdy about running, I love it! I don't really consider myself a runner, but I have recently trained and participated in my first half marathon in August. I like marathon training, and really the reason I "jog" is to eat fun things when I want. :)
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Brian Matis2014-11-19 02:09 PMID: 134747
Ha! Nice answer Melanie :-) I've found that running will often get me to actually eat better, as the exertion gets me to crave more healthy things, but it's definitely true that it also helps counteract the more "fun" food ;-)

I will say though that since you've done a half marathon, you're a runner in my book! Congrats on that major milestone!
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Gareth Gudger2014-12-22 09:35 AMID: 139159
I did my first mud event back in August.

It was a 5k MudAthlon with 40 obstacles. I don't find running that exciting. Prefer cycling.

But for some reason, throw Mud in there, OR, an obstacle course and its awesome!

Been wanting to do the Zombie runs as well.

This is the one I did.
http://mudathlon.com/
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