Every runner has a story. You might think you don’t, but you do. Your story may not be glamorous, it may not include a huge weight loss, coming back after an accident or injury, or anything you feel is important, but it’s still YOUR story. If it is what got you running, then it IS important and inspiring.
I consider myself an average American girl. I have always felt like my “story” was boring. In an age where the more exciting or emotional your journey is, the more opportunities you get, it can be tough to say “well, one day I just decided to start running, and I’m still doing it.” Does anyone else know what I mean?
Don’t get me wrong, comeback, weight loss, and other stories of the like are truly very inspirational and amazing to read, but where does that leave the average Joe? Well, let me tell you. It leaves you right where you are supposed to be.
My friends, your story doesn’t have to be what the world considers interesting for it to matter. All that matters is that it changed you. It is absolutely amazing to be able to help, encourage, and inspire a large amount of people. A true huge bonus. But at the end of the day, if you are motivating and inspiring to YOURSELF, then I would call that a win.
Running is something I never thought I would be doing at this stage in my life. It was not something I loved in school, but something I had to do to play other sports I participated in. But as I look back over the past six years I have participated in this sport, I see how intricately it has been woven into my life.
When asked the question “why do you run?” I feel like I could answer in 100 different ways. For my health. For my sanity. For my family. For my blog. For fun. Since the conception of this blog, I have tried my best to be honest and real with you, my readers. I am nothing special, I am not fast, and I make a lot of mistakes. However, I have always felt like I had a connection with the everyday person. The average runner who doesn’t see a lot of the spotlight.
Today, I want you, the average runner, to know that you are one of the reasons I run. I want others like me to know that it’s ok to not win big awards, or impress people with your running. As long as you are impressed with yourself, and running has changed you, then you are a rockstar in my book. So, don’t compare yourself to other runners, but run for yourself, and for other regular people like you and me. Together, we can inspire, and have a lot of fun running while doing it!
Another reason I run? I LOVE racing. I am always looking for new races, and I particularly like ones I can make racecations out of. The Zappos Bay to Breakers race is this coming weekend in San Francisco. I would love to run this race one day!
Zappos is the title sponsor for this race, and they have an amazing selection of athletic apparel and shoes on their website. They have over 150,000 styles from more than 1,000 brands! It also doesn’t hurt that they have free shipping and an amazing 365 day return policy.
I hope some of you are getting to run this race. I hope you have a blast wherever you are running this weekend. Just keep going!
QOTD: Why do you run?
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