I Run Because…

Yesterday I mentioned that to celebrate National Running Day, I am planning a joint celebration run with my MRTT friends and my Cruisers friends.

It’s going to be awesome!

Since I will be celebrating with these two very important groups of friends, I decided to reach out to them and ask them why they run.  My question was simple, “Why do you run?”



I run because…

It’s who I am.
It’s fun.
It’s good for me.
It allows me to be outside.
It allows me to meet new friends.


The Cruisers run because…

I’m married to DebRuns; do I really have a choice?

I like to eat good food and drink good wine.
I love the social aspect of running with other people!

I run so I can eat a lot of chocolate.
I run because in my mind, I am a Kenyan.

I run because I can and that’s a blessing I never want to take for granted!

Every day I run is a “good day.”
I always feel better after a run than before.

It makes me feel stronger, more powerful, and energetic.

I like to run.
Walking is slow.
It’s a great escape from reality.
I can.

I run because I love it.

It is a cheaper addiction than smoking that I did for 27 years.
And it compliments the breath mind body connection of yoga.
I quit smoking 10 years ago and running was my replacement to refocus me.

…otherwise I would drink!
. . . of the runner’s high!
. . . I get time with my girlfriends.
. . . the older I get the more I am challenging myself.
. . . I can!
I run to teach my daughter a life lesson . . .

I rarely place in my age group.  I run for me and that is my winning.

I run because it is a form of mind, body, and soul therapy
that makes me feel complete.

It is also a wonderful way to spend quality time with my running buddies.
I always feel better after my runs with them
because we talk about everything!


I run because everything always seems so much better after I run.


Moms RUN This Town run because…

I love to eat!

It changes the way I view myself.

I want my girls to see what healthy really is,
not what “healthy” is according to media sources.

Because it keeps me healthy, happy, and strong!

It relieves the stress I am facing from having a teenage girl!!!
It is cheaper than therapy!

So my legs won’t jiggle as much when I walk!

It’s my meditation and keeps me connected with nature.
We were born to run!

It’s my “me” time and I always feel better afterwards!

It’s my therapy, my sanity, my down time.
It’s who I am.


From all of us, to all of you,
Happy National Running Day!


  • Questions:
  • Why do you run?
  • Are you going on a special run today?
  • What’s your favorite holiday?


Happy Running! ~ Deb


  1. June 4, 2014    

    Ditto on a lot of those! I;m excited to celebrate tonight w MRTT and Rock n Roll at the fun run.
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 5, 2014    

      Hope the rain held out for you guys. It started pouring just as we got back to our cars!

  2. June 4, 2014    

    I love Bill’s reason for running lol.

    I run for fitness, the stress relief, and the self motivation to work hard and improve on my goals. Trying to participate in a group run at one of the local running stores. This is my first NRD so this is now my favorite holiday. Race discounts, running with others that love the sport, you can’t beat it.
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 5, 2014    

      Happy first NRD to you!

  3. June 4, 2014    

    I love these reasons. It’s so wonderful to hear how many people run just because they appreciate their bodies and what they can do.
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 6, 2014    

      Aren’t they great!

  4. June 4, 2014    

    such a great idea and inspiration in this post! Ha ha- I love Shawnita’s reason!! Have a great day!
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 5, 2014    

      I loved everyone’s answers, too.

  5. Kim Kim
    June 4, 2014    

    Oh, I have totally said the same thing you did about why I run – it’s as much a part of who I am as my eye color!!!
    I loved reading all the responses to this – I especially agreed with the one about eating and drinking wine!!!
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 6, 2014    

      Janet, the lady that said that about the good food and wine, is the mother of my future daughter-in-law, so you know we get along great!

  6. June 4, 2014    

    As you know, I’m planning my first blindfolded run since Charlotte’s Thunder Road Half Marathon nearly 7 months ago. I’ll run in honor of my sister, Taylor, who suffers from Batten disease. I love running for what it does for my body, how it makes me feel and its storytelling power. And there’s almost nothing better than the runner’s high (it’s real). Thanks for sharing all of these responses; I loved reading them. Enjoy your run, and Happy National Running Day!

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 6, 2014    

      It was really fun reading my friends’ responses, especially since I know them and their personalities!

  7. June 14, 2014    

    Love this! I am so sad I totally missed out on this holiday this year because I was on vacation and didn’t even realize it was going on. I could read people’s responses to why they love to run all day long. It’s so inspiring and makes me happy! I love to run because it’s my sanity and shows me that I’m strong and can do anything.
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 14, 2014    

      Love your answer!

  8. June 16, 2014    

    Haha, loved Bill’s answer 🙂
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 16, 2014    


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