I’ve been thinking all week about who I run for to post to the San Francisco Marathon facebook page. I couldn’t think of anyone specifically, but then I realized that I run for me and by doing that I run for the family and friends in my life.
Saying that I run for me seems a little selfish when I see others post about family members and loved ones they run for, those who run with them and those who cannot run for themselves. But when I lace up my shoes, I run for my health and my goals. Sure, I almost always run with someone else (which I love) and I’m always happy when running goals and plans align, but I do not run for them. I run to feel like I’m reaching goals and to feel healthy and strong.
However, running for myself positively impacts those around me. Sure, I may sacrifice some time with those people (except those who run with me) but if I’m running (and particularly when I’m running well) I am in a better mood. I am able to be there for the people I love. During my runs I get out the negativity and frustration and I think after my runs I am a more pleasant person. So really I might be running for me, but I like to hope it benefits those around me too.
Who do you run for?
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