This week my kids unknowingly gave me the answers to the question that I get asked the most: Why do I run?
Pretty much everyone who is a non-runner has asked me this question in the past year and a half. Non-runners seem to be satisfied with a get fit, lose weight, be more healthy type of answer however they don’t seem to understand the desire to run beyond accomplishing those first little goals. So when my kids asked me the same thing this week, I really took the time to go deep and find an answer….not by choice though! Their timing was less than perfect at 7:15am 😉
However, being forced to undergo an inquisition by a 6 and 3 year old will really get to the bottom of any burning questions one might have. They are just never satisfied with the answers given, there’s always another WHY? WHY MOMMY? but…..WHY??? So one snowy morning this week, while trying to get my two little ones dressed in snowsuits, hats, boots and gloves in time for school- I was subject to the KIDDIE INQUISITION.
It went something like this….
Mommy? Mommy….?? Mommmmmmmyyyyy????? –Put your snow pants on.
Are you going to the gym today? -Yes
Why? -I have to. Put your snow pants on.
Why? -I always go on Tuesdays. Put your snow pants on.
But why do you go? -I like to run. Put your snow pants on.
Why do you like to run? -Are your snow pants on yet???? Stop talking and get dressed!!!
10 seconds of silence…..
Mommy? Mommy….?? -Okay now boots, put your boots on.
Why do you run? -BOOTS!!! You’re going to be late AGAIN!!!! PUT YOUR BOOTS ON!!!
And so it went…..back and forth between my 6 and 3 year old, on and on…..they never let up, they never backed down until finally I surrendered to their questions in an attempt to stop the madness.
Here’s what I learned about why I run.
Zach, Chloe….Mommy runs because…
- It makes me happy
- When I’m happy I’m a better mommy
- The physical pain and temporary discomfort make me feel alive and pushing through it makes me feel powerful
- It makes me healthy and that means I can do more and experience more with you
- I take my job as your role model seriously and know that my actions speak louder than words
- It takes discipline and dedication but gives me clarity and inspiration
- It helps me to sit still and focus for long periods of time without getting restless
- Habits are inevitable, why not choose healthy ones?
- There aren’t any drawbacks to making time for myself
- Pushing myself to be the best I can be teaches you how to embrace a healthy competitive spirit
- I want you to find your own passion and experience the pure joy that it brings when you pursue it
- No other activity, hobby, interest has ever made me as happy, healthy, exhilarated or appreciative as running
Mommy? –Yes Zach?
Have fun at the gym. I love you.
Mommy? –Yes Chloe?
I love you, you my best friend.
I love you too my babies. Thank you for helping me to know exactly why I love to RUN!!