Since deciding to take on the Ironman in 2013, I have increasingly gained a reputation as a distance endurance athlete. Those who knew me before 2013 and how I lived my life would laugh at this. Those who have met me after would know no different.
Never the less I often get asked why I run. Not only run, but run long distances or challenging races. So below are the top 5 reasons why I run.
- I run to raise money for charity. I support Chestnut Tree House, a children’s hospice who cared for my friends daughter during her last days of fighting Neuroblastoma. This childhood cancer took her at the tender age of just 2 years old. Ever since I have raised money for Chestnut, who rely on fundraising just to stay open. You can read more about Ambers story here.
- Running resets my brain. There is a quote I read once, which simply states “show me a man with a problem. Once he has run for 2 hours, he no longer has that problem.” Running give me time to think. To organise my thoughts and plan. It is wonderful headspace.
- I feel 1000 times better when I exercise. It took me a very long time to get fit enough to be able to just go out and run. Not months, but years of effort to get to this point. But now I can just run for an hour without thinking about it, I rely on that exercise and my body seems to need it. We are, after all, Born to Run.
- Running outside connects you to the world. Whether you are running on pavements through a city or town, or on trails through woodland or rolling hills, running connects you to that world. You see some amazing stuff whilst running. Things you would never normally see. It is a beautiful world out there when you run through it.
- Pushing yourself to your limits makes you realise what you really can achieve. Each time you push yourself to your limits, you realise that you really don’t have any limits. When I started running I couldn’t even run to the end of my road. This year I am going to run 13 marathons and two Ultra marathons. Who knows where next year will take me. I feel truly limitless.
If you are reading this thinking to yourself that you could never be a runner, or that running isn’t for you, I would strongly encourage you to think otherwise. I genuinely was the worst runner when I started. I got injured. I consistently finished last in races. But perseverance and determination has opened up the world of running to me and it really is a wonderful world.
Plus, if it was easy, there would be no satisfaction in doing it. Right 🙂