Why We Run Wednesday: Kathleen

Everyone runs for a reason, even if it doesn’t seem “profound.” Some run simply for health, some for weight loss, some to compete, some to run away. Everyone has stories and struggles beneath the surface that we may never know or understand. I wouldn’t say my story classifies as profound, but it means something to me – so here goes. 

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Why We Run Wednesday: AJ

Until I started running, I never even thought of myself as athlete: I couldn’t coordinate my hand with a moving object enough to serve a volleyball, changing directions suddenly on a basketball  court while also remembering to dribble the ball made me nervous, and I was too indecisive to decide whether or not to swing a softball bat at a pitch. But if you wanted someone to run hard and follow a white line until you told me to stop—I was your girl!

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Why We Run Wednesday: Sarah H

My mom says that when she was in labor with me – all 37 hours of it – the nurses were amazed at how strong my heartbeat was. According to her, her first thought was that would make me a strong runner.

And so with running, I don’t really know how to begin my story without first beginning with my parents’ love of the sport. It was something I inherited from them, a birthright of sorts. And probably because of this, it took me a long time to understand for myself why exactly I ran.

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Why We Run Wednesday: Brittany

When I was 19 I ran my first marathon because my mom ran marathons and I wanted to prove it wasn't that hard... it was that hard! I gained so much respect for her during that process and quickly learned that the marathon is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical challenge. I vowed after that race that I would never run another marathon. I used to hate running because I just saw it as punishment. When I graduated college I decided that I needed an activity so I reluctantly joined my mom’s run club. At the time it seemed like just something to do but it has evolved into something much more. Training with my teammates at run club is what I look forward to and is the best part of my day.

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Why We Run Wednesday: Erika

Why do I run?  That’s a good question!  You might be surprised to know it really isn’t about the medals, (although I love a good medal).

Right before my 40th birthday it hit me that I wasn’t getting any younger and it was time to get moving to tackle some of those pesky bucket list items that I’ve said I’d like to do but never really had a plan to do.  Initially my “bucket list” looked something like:

  1. Conquer fear of heights

  2. Run a half marathon

  3. Skydive

  4. Complete a triathlon

  5. Whitewater rafting

  6. Spend Thanksgiving in NYC watching the Macy’s Day Parade

  7. Zipline

  8. Enjoy Paris through the eyes of my kids

  9. Find my superhero mom skill

The first and least scary bucket list item was find my superhero mom skill – something that would make my kids proud.

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