Typical post, I know, but really good question. Why do I run? Why does anybody run? Is it for the glory, for the medals, for the fame, for the times, for the money (absolutely not, no money in running!), for the hot booty, or the ripped abs, or is it simply because without running, your sense of belonging and purpose in this world is completely lost. Running can bring you so many different levels of achievement, which can lead to any of the above, but to me running is my selfish way to give back to me. People question me all the time, 'How do you do it? How do you run so much?', but the bare thought of getting up every day at 5.30am, lacing up my Nikes and heading out the door to spend 1-2 hours alone on the street with my body, my mind and my music creates a fulfilling sense of direction to where in this world I want to go.
Running brings clarity. Whether this is clarity for that day, or for your week, clarity for your career, or for your wellbeing, raising your heart rate and breathing in fresh air on a regular basis provides you the tools to figure out what you want, and how you are going to go about getting it. I use a run to plan - mostly my training - and to set goals. It's a time to get to stuck inside your mind and learn truly who you are. I feel like every run I go on I learn something new about myself, and I am becoming much more confident because of it. With confidence and direction, who knows where that will take you.
Running takes you places. Enough said.