People ask me all of the time why I run marathons, why I dedicate my training runs to lost loved ones of suicide, and why I quit my job in 2014 to do a 9-state 1,700 mile run for suicide awareness. Simple…I run for a REASON! I almost ended my own life in 1991 when I was 13 years old, but found running as a helpful way to handle my stress back then. I currently am using this gift of running as a way to raise awareness for suicide, educate, and help remember those we have lost to this terrible disease of the mind. Now, over 600 run dedications (and 5,000+ miles) have been completed to spread this message of hope.
So how bout you? Why not find a reason to run??? Maybe you want to lead a healthier life so you can be around longer for your children. Maybe you feel called to help make a difference in the world...even if it is in just a small way. Maybe you run to handle your stress, anger, and emotions to find a clearer mind. Maybe you want to fit in those favorite pair of jeans again. Maybe your doctor thinks running can help you lower your blood pressure. Maybe having a goal of running a 5K or marathon helps keep you focused in a positive direction for the future. Maybe you want to look nice and fit for your significant other. Or maybe you just want to do something for yourself for once.
I challenge each and every one of you to find a reason. Having a REASON to run can carry you through some of those dreadful days you may not feel like running, because your purpose becomes bigger than your discomfort. So what’s YOUR reason?