I run because I love rich dark chocolate - every night. I run because I like to keep up with my children when we cycle, or walk to do errands. (I used to be able to say so I could keep up with them on the ski hill, but no amount of running is going to make up for my inadequate skiing techniques. But at least I can say I can ski for as long as they can and have energy to enjoy snow play in the evening, too!) I run because I like feeling strong and being strong. I run because I like knowing I can still dance all night, if I had a chance to. I run because life can be overwhelming and running helps me reflect on things, gain perspective, and know I will get through the tough spots. I run because it helps me feel in control even when many things are not in my control. I run because I hate calorie counting. I run because I like knowing all the clothes in my closet fit me. If there is a downside to this it is knowing when to stop wearing something because we all know that just because it fits doesn’t mean you should wear it! That is what a good friend (or a daughter) is for.
I run because I heard menopause was a bitch and that being active could help ease the transition. I am happy to say I have passed menopause without the drama or the roller coaster ride I was expecting. Was it because I kept running? I will never know. What I do know is that I was too scared to stop running to find out.
Truth is, I run because the alternative to not running scares me – it would mean my life would not have all the little things I like. I run because I can have all this in a very short amount of time. So although I can’t really say that I love running – I do love what running has done for me! What’s not to love about that?
What motivates you to exercise and stay active?