Why Did I Start Running? {Just Run}

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It’s another edition of Just Run, where each month a group of my running blogger friends gather with their tips, tricks and thoughts on all things running.

In case you missed the previous editions:

Tips for the New Runner

Instagram Tips and Tricks

My Worst Race Ever

My Best Race Ever

5 Things I’d Hate to Run Without

Running Solo vs Running With a Group

Racecation Tips and Tricks

The Best Post Run Recovery Tips

Is It Worth It?

This month we are looking back and asking, “Why did I start running?” We all have our own story about how we got into running.

Here’s my story.

11 years ago, I never would have called myself a runner.

I ran but I didn’t run for the right reasons.

I didn’t love it.

It didn’t make me happy.

I didn’t know that you could actually love running.

I signed up for my first half marathon in 2007 with little to no experience running. The half marathon was going to be my first ever race, too.

Before I started training for the half, the majority of running that I did was casual and more for weight management. I think the most I ran was 4 miles at one time. I had thought about running a half at some point in my life. I was on the verge of turning 30 and thought it was now or never. Because little did I know, there is life after you hit 30.  Lol!

I followed my running plan religiously. It was very basic with nothing but straight up running, no tempos, or speed workouts. Just easy pace and one long run a week.

I ran the race with no problems but still didn’t have a love of running.

I continued to run on and off after the race. I wasn’t hooked by any means on running.  In 2008, I became pregnant. After coming home from a run, I suffered a miscarriage early on in the pregnancy. I knew that running had nothing to do with it but subconsciously, I blamed it. I didn’t want anything to do with running after that. I needed a break.

Fast forward two years later.  I was a new mama to twins. I signed up for another half marathon as a way to shed the baby weight. I started to run more, longer. My thoughts toward running began to change. I craved the time alone to think, have quiet and find myself again.

Out on the road, I wasn’t the caretaker, the mama, the diaper changer, the wife, the career woman. I was left with nothing but the real me.

It may have seemed like I was running away but it was more like running towards finding myself again.

And so my love affair with running began. After that race, I looked at running differently.  I think that’s when I really started running.

It’s no longer something I dread. I crave a run whether it’s alone with my thoughts or chattering away with running buddies.  It’s taken me to places mentally and physically that I never knew I could go. It has nothing to do with a number on the scale and everything to do about my mental health. I wish I would have found running sooner in my life but then would it still be something I enjoy so much? I don’t know.  What I do know is that I hope to be running for years to come.

Want to see what my blogger friends have to say? Check it out below and be sure to click on the image or their name to get the details.




Why did you start running?

Linking up with Coaches Corner and Wild Workout Wednesday.

28 comments on “Why Did I Start Running? {Just Run}

  1. “I was left with nothing but the real me.” 100% YES! That is ultimately what running does and it’s such a gift!! I feel so lucky to love running as much as I do and it’s hard to think about a time when I didn’t (or YOU didn’t, for that matter!) and also a time when I thought 30 was “old!” Imagine? HAHAHA!!
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  2. Aw I love reading how and why people got into running! Our stories are kinda similar – definitely haven’t always been a runner nor did I even really love running until more recently in life!

  3. I am always so inspired by the ladies who are running with little ones in the stroller or waiting at home .. not to mention twins. I was a runner in my 20s . . when I had 3 boys (one by one 😉 ) starting at 30 . . . I took nearly the whole decade easy, still running some but not competing or training hard, I would negative chatter some that I wasn’t a runner anymore because I was no longer fast or serious. It was hard to get them in the stroller, or I couldn’t coordinate with hubby to watch them. One one hand, not running hardcore, made me grumpy, on the other hand, I think I spared by body some wear and tear that allowed me to ramp it up again at 40 (now 51)– and that was such a great reunion! But now I’m smarter and know that even when I’m slow, or fast, or miss a day or a week, I’m still a runner.

  4. Mine was very similar- it really became more meaningful and part of me after having my older daughter. Looking forward to checking out everyone’s stories!

  5. i love reading all the different reasons why people got into runner. Every runner has a unique story.
    For me, I always hated running but decided to do it because it was so challenging for me and it helped me lose weight.

  6. I love learning more about other runners. I think many people started running for different reasons than the reasons that evolve over time. I was also more concerned about weight management and tired of aerobics when I started running over 25 years ago. Who knew it would basically become a way of life!
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  7. I didn’t run a half marathon until I was in my 40s. Before that, running was just therapy. It’s so interesting to see how people started running!

    1. Isn’t it funny how it just magically happens? I wish I had a better answer for newbie runners who ask when will they love running. There’s no timeline on it. It just happens.

  8. Growing up with ZERO athleticism, running didn’t come easy…until I figured out that not all runners have to run “fast.” Now, running 13.1 miles, pretty easy-peasy (with the proper training). Once I got past that 5K comfort zone and realized I had a decent-sized endurance capability, my world changed. I’ve only been running for 13 years…but in the past 10 years there’s been 40+ half marathons and 8 full marathons (two of which have been ultras). I’m really glad I started running 😉

    1. That’s awesome! I have to agree with you. I think a lot of people don’t even want to attempt running because they think it means fast all the time. There’s different speeds for everyone!

  9. I bought my first pair of NIKE’s when I was 16 and ran a few times but didn’t love it. I didn’t start running “seriously” until I was about 21. I ran 3 miles, 3 times a week and never on the weekends. I ran a bunch of 5k’s until a friend suggested we join Team In Training and run a marathon in 2006 (we were both 43 at the time). I ran 2 more marathons then switched to half’s, until 2 weeks ago when I ran another marathon. I sure I will continue to run until I can’t any longer.

  10. My journey of running started back in 2016 when i was diagnosed and found out that i had a slightly low blood pressure due to the lazy life style that i was living. I was so afraid of dying, so i did a research on how to handle that disease in its early stages, thats when i landed on the tips that actually saved my life from https://pdctrk.com/a/875a79e7

  11. I love this. I also never understood how people could love running — and now I’m with some of my former track & field teammates on Strava.

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