Thanks to Cori over at Olive to Run for the inspiration behind this post! If you haven’t taken a look at her blog, I encourage you to do so! This post is a part of her link up for the “National Running Holiday” that (since 2009) is celebrated on the first Wednesday of June every year!
Cori challenged her readers to blog in honor of national running day and write about our own reasons we became runners.
And because she is just the smartest gal ever, I’m gonna take a card outta her book and highlight for you a few reasons behind the years of my life as a runner.
I started running when I was 18 years old. To be honest-I can’t even remember going out for my first run-I have absolutely zero recollections of it. I really wasn’t an active teenager. Besides the fact that I knew I wanted to lose weight and start exercising-I have no idea what made me decide that running was going to be the best way to do it.
I was never “big” as a kid, but, once I became a runner, I saw tone and definition in my body that I had never seen before. I began to like the way I looked, and therefore my self image was raised. Before I was a runner, I had pretty low confidence in myself: I was a teenager with HUGE boobs…this is not always the easiest thing for a young girl. It drove me crazy to be known for that. Once I started to run, I saw a new Nicole who loved to be active, and suddenly I was “the girl that runs”. Running helped me shape myself into a healthy version of myself. I began to realize how strong I was, and strong translated into confidence.
Running was one of the first things in my life that I can remember giving me a clear vision of what I could do with my own body. To know that my strong legs and muscles alone can take me anywhere I want is a powerful thing. We all know the head games you play with running: we fight the “I can’t” and “I don’t want to”s. That three inches between your ears has to be the strongest muscle or else you WILL let yourself quit, and you WILL let yourself fail. The mental clarity I received from running was something I had never come across before.
I signed up for my first marathon (blindly-I knew NOTHING about marathoning-AT.ALL.): I knew it was SOMETHING BIG for me to accomplish. And even though it took me 6 hours to cross that first Boston Marathon Finish line…I was hooked. I knew my life would never be the same. I wanted to keep running and keep marathoning to see what I was capable of. Marathons have always inspired me to push myself: I am a true believer that there are absolutely ZERO limits on what we can do with our bodies. #illdiebeforeistoptrying
There is sooo much more to this little paragraph than what is in this small part of this post, but in 2007, I was asked to partner up with Kids At Heart and The Boston Children’s Hospital to run the Boston Marathon as a part of a large team. The runners raise $10,000 each that gets placed right back into the hospital. I have met many wonderful people as a result of this amazing experience and they have become lifelong friends. I was asked once to be a part of the team and I have continued on because I find myself to be constantly inspired by the attitudes and determination of those that I am surrounded by. My GOD. If you could only come to just ONE of our parties-you would find yourself inspired to run a trillion marathons too. I am a part of a team that is MORE than just me: I’m not only a runner, I’m helping to give hope to the children of the future and HOPE is a mighty powerful thing to have.
Once again-I’m going shorten this: in 2013 as I ran my 7th Boston Marathon, I was roughly a 10th of a mile from the finish line when the two bombs were detonated. In 2013 I made the decision to return to the April 21st start line in Boston to show that runners have STRENGTH and we are RESILIENT. In 2014- I ran because I am BOSTONSTRONG and no terrorist bomber can take that away, ever.
My running journey has changed as I have grown up. It grows with me: it has always been like a friend I can turn to when I am celebrating, when I’m happy, sad, or even angry. It has always been there for me and I have no doubt that it will be a part of my entire life-when something truly grabs a hold of your heart and soul-it ain’t never lettin you go.
Why do YOU Run?
Check out Cori’s page to see even more responses, and make sure you follow the link up rules!
Thanks for reading, have a beautiful day! HAPPY RUNNING DAY!