Healthy Kids

Why Do You Run?

I ‘m often asked “Why did you start running?” to which I struggle with a response because I don’t really remember waking up one day and saying to myself “Hey, I know, I’ll start running today”. That said, I do remember registering for my first half marathon with tears in my eyes in honour of my grandma who always told me I could do anything I set my mind to.

Yet I don’t believe that was my first official “race”. I remember running cross-country in grade school, track in middle school (400, 800 and 1500m distances) and even running the Texaco Mile with my girlfriend when I was 12. (I even found YouTube video of the Elite women in the race). I also remember loving the feeling of my heart beating in my chest, the wind in my hair and the power in my legs every time I ran.

I may even have been born with the love of running:

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Which brings me to the point of my post: Would I still be a runner today if my parents didn ‘t encourage it?

My dad encouraged my running, in fact I even remember running around the block with him, talking about school, upcoming track meets etc. I grew up in the corner of a crescent, and I remember playing road hockey, tag, and hide-and-go-seek for hours with my brother and the neighbour boys. For me, running was fun and social.

As a parent, raising daughters, I find it very important to foster that natural love of activity that I believe all children possess. As the same-sex parent, I know that my daughters look up to me to be a role-model. The way that I discuss my body will be how they view their body. The way I approach fitness will be the way they approach fitness, so when they ask me why I run, I will simply answer with the truth:

Because it’s fun.

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  • Harold L. Shaw
    July 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Because I can and it is something that I have done since I was a LOT younger. I miss it when I can’t run. It has become a part of who I am, but mostly because I can.

  • cupcakekelly
    July 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I run because I can and because I love the me time!

  • Charissa (
    July 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I didn’t really start running till I was 14 and it was because my big brother was doing it and I wanted to be like him! 🙂 Now I do it for the challenge…

  • Miz
    July 12, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I wish I did….

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      July 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

      I don’t think you do. I have a suspicion that you’re completely happy being exactly who you are 🙂

  • self body fitness
    July 12, 2012 at 7:55 am

    i can run because it gives good health and protect from fatigue

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