Why Do I Run?: Running Motivation

by Javon Adams

Why do I run? What is my motivation?

Seven or eight years ago I used to go to the gym on a regular basis. I would squat, do dips, dumbell curls and I even got to the point where I could hit 275 on the bench press. Funny thing is that while my muscles began to get a little bigger my waistline and belly did too. Maybe it was the fact that I would eat a cheese burger, fries and a soda after every workout? Or that my idea of cardio was 5 minutes on the treadmill. 

One day I stepped on the scale and the number hit 305. Something had to give. I didn’t know what to do. I remember talking to someone at my job about it and they said, ‘Why don’t you run?’

‘How long?’, I asked.

‘How long does it take you to run a mile?’, was thr reply. 

I answered,  ‘Maybe 15 minutes ‘

‘Well, you can do anything for 15 minutes, right?’

And I figured why not give it a try. So, I started hitting the treadmill before working out. Started put with ½ mile and then moved to a mile. I started feeling good and wanted to do a bit more. Eventually I tried moving from the rubber belt of the treadmill to concrete/ashpalt and for anyone that has done that, you know it was a bit of a shock. There is a definite difference between the two.

My energy level was different and my clothes fit a bit looser (no, not overnight but over time). One day, months after I took the challenge of the coworker, I looked in the mirror and my face was noticeably thinner. I wanted to do more.

I began running daily, even on family vacations or before the youth games for my sons. I used to think that running shoes were ugly and way too expensive but one day I dipped my toe in with a $70 pair of shoes and have been converted ever since. 

I run to be healthy and to clear my mind. I run to challenge myself. I run because I like IPAs too (full disclosure). Running one, two or three miles without stopping is euphoric. Very similar to performing on stage with the mic in my hand. 

That is why I run

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