Fitness Friday: Why I Run

May 8, 2015

A few days ago Kaella tagged me on Instagram to share #WhyIRun and I wanted to share here because I had way more to say than what I could fit into an Instagram post.


I always joke that I don’t really consider myself a runner. I’m not very fast, I don’t have all the technical gear or a supply of gels. I’m a fair weather runner who starts fresh every spring. I have no intentions of running a half or full marathon. I don’t know what a fartlek is and I have no desire to run around a track. Regardless, when the weather is decent you can find me cursing through a run through the city trails.

I run for my health and my heart.
I run to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful city. 
I run to socialize and connect with like minded friends. 
I run to encourage and motivate others. 
I run for endorphins. 
I run to collect race medals. 
I run to be a positive role model for my son. 
I run because it is free and I am able. 
I run to challenge myself. 
I run off bad days to clear my mind. 

Sometimes I wonder why I run at all, but these are the things that keep me lacing up those running shoes and getting out the door.

Why do you run?

Speaking of running, let’s check out my week of workouts.

My run didn’t happen since I had no one to watch Liam and really didn’t want to battle the jogging stroller.

Yoga Bootcamp

Off – Since I went from work to pick up Liam, to vote, drop him off at home and get his dinner started, and then off to a 2.5 hour AGM for my condo building, no workout happened.

Yoga Bootcamp
It ended up raining ice pellets which I was not keen to run in so I skipped the planned 5k. I’m a wimp, I know.

4k run – this run felt slow and a little all over the place. We got distracted by deer and pretty paintings on cement and parks to do yoga poses in, but we ended up making pretty good time considering. I was planning to do somewhere around 4.5-5k but called it quit at 4 because my shins were feeling sore and I really didn’t want to push a week out from my first race.

May 7

5k run
Yoga Bootcamp

This weekend I’ve already got a run planned with Mary, swimming lessons, a couple of play dates and of course some time with mom. I can already tell the weekend is going to go by far too quickly.

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  • Reply
    May 8, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I run for many reasons but #1 is because I love it, if not I probably would not run 🙂 I cannot wait to hit the trails more this summer!

  • Reply
    May 8, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I love all your reasons for running AND you are a runner no matter what!

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    May 16, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Loved this post 🙂 I run for a lot of the same reasons, and I’m definitely a fair weather runner too. And I, by no means, feel right ever calling myself a “runner” – I too, don’t have all the “gear”, know what a fartlek is (but it doesn’t sound appealing lol 😉 ), and have no desire to run a half marathon.

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