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Hump Day Giveaway: Elevator Pitch

January 5, 2011
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The only elevator--a Lego version of Willy Wonka's glass one--that would be a regular part of my (exciting) life. And even then, it'd be put together for about two minute before the pieces would scatter into dog bowls, under couches, in desk drawers...

Lately, I’ve been working on some proposals for future projects. This may come as surprise to some of you readers, but I can be a bit long-winded. I do love my M-dashes and semicolons and other less popular punctuation, along with run-on sentences like this very exact one––look familiar to anyone?

Problem is, proposals have to be succinct. Spot on. Concise. No room for rambling. If you can’t sum up in three sentences why this project should be executed, this story should be written, this very idea needs to happen pronto, well, it is either
a) a bad idea to begin with
or
b) needs to be polished.

In business-school-speak, I believe they call this brief summary the elevator pitch. The right person steps on the ‘vator, and you’ve got 3 sentences to make your idea sing.

For as much as I talk about running, I don’t have my elevator pitch down. I meander from talking about why my head needs running as much as my body does to why getting up early isn’t that bad, once you’re used to it, to how all you really need is good shoes and a sports bra. (Look: another run-on sentence!)

For today’s Hump Day giveaway, let’s pretend you’ve got one elevator pitch to sell running. We all know–or reluctantly admit, anyway–it’s not a bad idea to begin with. Pretend a mom who has never run walks up to and asks, “Why do you run, anyway?” Convince her, in three sentences or less, to start running.

The GT-2160: Just one of many capable, comfortable options in the Asics family. (Did I sell you?)

For her clever words, a random pitchwoman will take home a $100 Asics gift certificate, to be used towards the style of their choice. As soon-mom-to-be Deena Kastor can attest from thousands  of miles in Asics, the shoes perform. (But the athlete wearing them might also have something to do with it. Just saying.)

So, in three sentences or less, why do you run?

350 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2011 3:38 am

    I feel strong when I run. I feel confident when I run. I feel proud when I run.

  2. Amy Johnson permalink
    January 5, 2011 3:55 am

    When I run, the only person that I can think about/care about/worry about is me. I can’t get another chocolate milk, do the laundry, pick up a mess of legos (!), or load the dishwasher again. I must concentrate on me.

  3. January 5, 2011 4:11 am

    Becoming a runner made me a better mother, friend, teacher and wife. There is NOTHING like the feeling of being out there, challenging your preconceived ideas of what you THOUGHT you were capable of, and succeeding.

  4. January 5, 2011 4:24 am

    “I run because I can. A rubber insert is quite literally the only thing standing between my thoughts and the road. Join me tomorrow morning and I’ll introduce you to the most effective therapy known-to-moms.”

  5. Catrina permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:27 am

    I run for me time. It clears my head, and readies me for what my come at me after the run. It makes me a stronger mom/wife!

  6. January 5, 2011 4:29 am

    Running not only keeps me out of “mom jeans”–it also keeps me connected to my pre-mommy self. Those precious miles are a trip back to the person I was before infant reflux, second grade science projects and methods for removing chocolate stains from Cinderella costumes overtook my life. I come back from my runs refreshed, happier, and grateful to be a mother.

    • Laurie A. permalink
      January 5, 2011 7:35 am

      Hey Jorie! I know you from WW message boards and I love your blog. I have referred my now pregnant sister who runs to it and she has enjoyed back stalking you. Have a great day!

      Laura9432 in WW world.

  7. Jill permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:36 am

    It is all about me. It boosts everything, my mood, my self – esteem, confidence, tush, everyone else’s perception is of me is boosted. If they run because they know what it takes and if they don’t because they are scared to find out what it takes and I was not scared to try.

  8. Carrie B permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:48 am

    Running is good for my mind, body and soul. It’s better than sex!

    • CindyAz permalink
      January 5, 2011 7:32 am

      And it makes sex better!

    • Alecia permalink
      January 5, 2011 11:23 am

      Ha! Sometimes I look at sex the same way I look at a 14 mile run. “Ugh. I’m really not in the mood for this right now.”

      • becelisa permalink
        January 5, 2011 6:14 pm

        but after you’re done, you know it was worth it 😉

  9. Heidi permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:51 am

    I run because it makes me feel strong and capable while I do it, and unstoppable when I’m done. Running clears my head, focuses my thoughts and helps me get my day on track before it’s even begun. And while I’m running, no one else is asking anything of me and it’s such a relief to just have that little bit of time to myself.

  10. kimba permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:56 am

    I run because my big sister told me that the run would clear my over-burdened Mommy mind, and it does. I run because the accomplishment I feel when I run is mine, and mine alone. I run because I want to live a long and healthy life, happily running along the way as a much stronger wife and Mom.

  11. Rebecca permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:59 am

    I run because I need to- for my sanity, for the patience to handle, with grace (mostly), being a mom, to find some peace among all of life’s chaos. For the sense of accomplishment. I am a better woman, mother, wife and friend to myself when I run. The peace of being alone, the rhythm of running… Wish I was running today instead of working! Thanks for the giveaway, it’d make a great bday present 😉

  12. January 5, 2011 5:02 am

    I run because I learned I could do it when I thought I was a failure. I thought it was beyond my limits but I found out that I had none when I started to run. Running gives me peace, determination and freedom from my everyday life.

  13. January 5, 2011 5:04 am

    (These pitches don’t really go together… but here are 3 sentences that come to mind.)

    If you are unhappy and worried about the direction any part of your life is going, run.

    If you like the Non-Running you, you will know, love and deeply respect the Running You.

    If you want to feel accomplished on a day when everything else goes to he**, run.

  14. Tammy permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:05 am

    You don’t need a lot of equipment to get started, just a good pair of running shoes. It boost my mood everytime I go for a run, no prescription required. It’s addictive, so don’t start unless you really want to feel great.

  15. Ann R permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:10 am

    1) It gives you “me time”, where you don’t have someone saying, Mommy, Mommy, Mom! Ma! Mommy! Mooommmmm!
    2) the feeling of accomplishment at the end can’t be beat!
    3) it burns tons of calories and gets you physically fit so you can chase after your little one without getting out of breath!

  16. Jacinda permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:10 am

    Running is inexpensive, you can do it anywhere, is it an excellent calorie burn, a great stress reliever and when you are done you will feel amazing.

  17. Nan permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:12 am

    Be confident! Stay fit! Have fun!

  18. Lori permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:13 am

    You can run anytime and anywhere, all you need is space and shoes. Running makes you feel like you can do things that others (or yourself) thought you couldn’t. I run because I can.

  19. Emily M. permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:22 am

    Running focuses me. Running gets me fit. Running is (really!) fun!

  20. January 5, 2011 5:25 am

    For the High! For my Sanity! For my Confidence!

  21. Julie permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:29 am

    I run because it makes me feel like I can accomplish anything. It helped me lose this weight. And it makes me feel and act healthy!

  22. January 5, 2011 5:36 am

    I always assumed running was painful and difficult and could never understand why people did it. Then I tried it for myself, on my own terms, with no pressure. The confidence I gained from knowing I actually could do it was such a huge mood booster that I never want to stop!

  23. Christine permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:37 am

    I run to be a better mom. I run to be a role model of an active lifestyle to my kids. I run because I have the ability (not talent) and perserverance to get out and accomplish my goals, leaving no excuses behind.

  24. January 5, 2011 5:47 am

    No kids allowed. No more jiggling. Smiles for Miles.

  25. ChristyC permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:48 am

    Osteoporosis runs in my family. Running helps makes bones strong – no brainer. Plus, I love to rock out with good running music.

  26. Carolyn permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:55 am

    I am not going to say this very eloquently, but I run because it gives me a daily ego-boost (which when you’re trying to juggle so much – kids, work, errands, aging parents, sick dog, etc. – is a must), it gives me the patience and energy needed to handle all the chaos that comes with all the above, and finally because I want to set a good example to my kids about being healthy and active.

  27. Martha permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:55 am

    As a RN I see first hand what not being active does to your quality of life. Inspiring others to get off the couch is very gratifying. I enjoy having a strong body, mind and soul-running does all of this.

  28. Jenny Womble permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:56 am

    I run not only because it is good exercise for me and it wears my dog out, but because it reminds me I am more than just a wife and mother. When I run it is just me and my thoughts. After a run I always feel a sense of accomplishment and empowered to embrace who I have become, which is more than a wife and mother…I am a runner, too!

  29. January 5, 2011 5:59 am

    Any doctor will tell you that exercise is a great anti-depressant, not to mention overall health booster. It helps you sleep better — rarely do you meet an insomniac runner. Running gets easier after you do it for a few months — I promise.

  30. January 5, 2011 6:00 am

    Running to me is a natural action of leaning forward in time ad space to catch to greet the tasks of each day. To keep my momentum, I meet the challenges of advancing age by catching myself one footfall at a time. I run and face each day like a gift to continue to live.

  31. January 5, 2011 6:02 am

    I run because I can.

  32. Kelly permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:08 am

    I run to exercise, to think, to get away, to have a friend and to be a friend!

  33. January 5, 2011 6:18 am

    I run because I’m sick of my two year old playing with my flabby belly; she needs a better role model. I run because taking medication is something I just don’t want to; endorphins are the super mood enhancer. I run in the morning because the rest of the day just feels “right” when I do.

  34. BigDogMom permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:30 am

    I run not because I love it…I run because I love who I am when I run.

  35. WendyLD permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:30 am

    I run because it gives me something that feels within my control. As a newly-single mom, I found that I had completely lost a sense of myself and wanted something that was for just me. Running gave me back my confidence and focus when the rest of my life was in upheaval.

  36. ShelleyMM permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:34 am

    I run for me. It makes me feel strong and confident, and it keeps me sane. I cannot guarantee it will do the same for you, but the only way you will ever know is if you just get out there and hit the ground running.

  37. Katie R permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:37 am

    I run in order to feel amazing about myself. Nothing compares to the feeling of completing a cahllenging run OR finishing a run that felt ‘easy’ that day. Furthermore, running is my time to be alone, to escape the craziness of family life and expectations and to recharge so that I can be a better person when I return.

  38. Lindsey permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:43 am

    Elevator Pitch to New Mom-

    I run because it is the first time after the years of getting and being pregnant, infant care, nursing, etc. that I am getting a piece of myself back. It feels great.

  39. January 5, 2011 6:43 am

    I can see by your question that you’re skeptical, but I can assure you that running is not just for the over-the-top, highly-fit, professionally trained crowd. Running is something that a mommy-style body can learn to do with time and practice(and the right shoes and bra!). There are plenty of resources available and I’d be willing to share what worked for me, making me a live-and-in-person resource at your disposal this very second!

  40. Sue permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:44 am

    I run to feel strong, confident, and healthy. I run to be a better mother, wife, teacher, and person. I run because I can.

  41. sheryl permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:45 am

    If you are a multi-tasker you can get time to yourself, exercise for the day and a destination you need to be all in one run.

  42. Kathryn Welch permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:48 am

    I run to get in shape, hang out with my girlfriends and gloat (mostly to myself) that I can run in 17 degree weather!

  43. Stephanie permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:49 am

    I run because it makes me feel strong, independent and I’ve reached a goal when I am finished. It helps me keep my weight down and my mind clear. I like to be around other runners as well because they keep me motivated and the friendships I developed are live long friends.

  44. January 5, 2011 6:52 am

    Running has helped me become a better wife and mother. It’s my ‘me’ time because my five kids can’t keep up with me … yet.

  45. Ruthie permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:06 am

    I run alone because it is the only time of the day when I can think about anything I want to without being interrupted. I run with friends because the most amazing conversations happen when your passing miles. I need time to socialize with myself and others and running lets me do that.

  46. Debbie permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:10 am

    I run so I can eat what I want when I want and drink beer. I also run because it is the only time of the day I have for just me, to think, to rejuvinate. It has been the best self-esteem booster i have ever had!

  47. renee permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:12 am

    I run because it gives me time to reflect on everything from God to family to work and find clarity in my life. I believe that, as humans, we were created to run; not sit all day. Finally, anyone can do it (even those who have no hand-eye coordination to do other sports).

  48. Erica R permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:12 am

    I run to feel strong, healthy, proud, and confident. Running eases my mind and gives me some much needed “me time” to make me more patient and feel like a better mother. I run to be a better role model for my children.

  49. January 5, 2011 7:12 am

    I run because it centers me like nothing else; once you’ve get your miles done for the day, everything else is small potatoes. I run because it makes me happy. I run because it helps me be a positive role model for my family.

  50. January 5, 2011 7:19 am

    Where else can you get “me” time, weight loss, and fresh air all at the same time?

  51. Tracy permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:23 am

    Running is not just good for me, it’s good for my kids. it keeps me a little less stressed which usually means less yelling. Not to mention, it gives me a little me time!

  52. January 5, 2011 7:29 am

    First, I ran to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation to cure Parkinson’s Disease. Next I ran for myself because I learned I loved it! Now, I run to inspire my 6 year old daughter who now runs 5K races with me.

  53. Jana permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:31 am

    I run because running has taught me that I can accomplish ANYTHING if I am willing to put in the work. It has made me a stronger, better, more confident person. And I get quiet time away from my beloved children for a little while… 🙂

  54. Kristyn G permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:32 am

    I started running to get in shape. I keep running because it makes me feel strong and kind of like a badass. And the great legs that my hubby loves are a really nice side effect 😉

  55. Stacy permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:34 am

    When life has me mired down with the chores of work and motherhood, running lifts me and lightens my step; wind in my face and new sites around every corner. Running is pure bliss.

  56. January 5, 2011 7:36 am

    I run becuase it is cheaper than therapy. As mothers and wives we have very little time for ourselves and this is “me” time – time to ponder, release stress and re-center myself. I run becuase it feels good and allows me to stay in shape while still having a cookie or cupcake here and there with my child…without guilt!

  57. Jennifer permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:38 am

    When I run, I get some much-needed “Jennifer” time to decompress, burn off stress, and get energized. I am reminded that I am powerful and unstoppable. The result: I’m a better wife, mom, and person than before I headed out the door.

  58. Laurie A. permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:40 am

    For someone who never though she could run, or would want to, running gives me a HUGE sense of accomplishment, almost on a daily basis. My 7 year old is inspired to run and be healthy as a result. And, you can start RIGHT NOW!

  59. Addie permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:43 am

    I run because it constantly reminds me that I can do anything, ANYTHING I set my mind to…nothing is impossible. I run because it makes me a better person in every single other aspect of my life…from the way do my job to the way I treat and think of myself. I run because I can…and it took me a long time to figure that out.

  60. Angela G. permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:45 am

    Just chasing the kids around isn’t going to keep this fanny in size 8 jeans, that’s for sure. I love the feeling of accomplishment I get after every run, no matter how long or short. Skin that glows and a ticker that ticks aren’t bad either!

  61. Amanda permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:56 am

    Running transports and transforms me. It takes my body and soul to other places and times returning the sense of self I had before kids and granting me renewed confidence to explore the possibilities of life. Running fundamentally alters me at a cellular level leaving me clearer, more positive thoughts and stronger, sleeker muscles.

  62. January 5, 2011 7:56 am

    I run because running is discipline for the mind, body and soul and that discipline improves every aspect of life. From work to home to relationships, running helps foster productivity and order, and any these benefits far outweigh any negative consequences such as pain or time management issues. In a nutshell, the physical and even spiritual fitness found through running makes me a better me.

  63. Sharyn Lieth permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:58 am

    “Why do I run” my family asked me one day.
    “I run to be healthy and to keep the blues away.”

  64. January 5, 2011 8:00 am

    runners world 12/10 page 56-that’s four words and here’s the link
    http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-243-297–13752-0,00.html

  65. Kristen F permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:00 am

    It’s the only thing I do all day that is all about me. I don’t have to take my antidepressants anymore. My calves look hot.

  66. January 5, 2011 8:01 am

    I run because I’m awesome. And I’m awesome because I run.

  67. Celeste permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:07 am

    I run to get strong, to stay fit, to feel good. I run to be healthy for my family, mentally and physically. I run because I can–and thank God for that.

  68. Jill in Little Rock permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:09 am

    I run to get away from my kids–and to get to enjoy my grandkids.

  69. cindyAz permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:17 am

    I run to set a good example for my kids. I run because it gives me courage. I run for the feel good hormones.

  70. January 5, 2011 8:18 am

    I run because it is my time for me! It keeps my world at bay and gives me the calm, patience and self confidence I need for a day. It may seem hard but the accomplishment and confidence I get when I am finished helps me teach my children about self esteem and how to make your body feel good, strong and healthy.

  71. Heather permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:20 am

    For the first time in my life, I enjoy something that’s good for me. It gets me out of the house and brings me back in a much better mood. And my running friends are awesome!

  72. LAM permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:20 am

    I run to stay sane, and to push my limits as far as they can go.

  73. Lori Connors permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:21 am

    Running makes me feel strong! Running is ME TIME! Running makes me a better person all around.

  74. January 5, 2011 8:23 am

    Why do I run?? When it’s just me and the pavement, the problems of the day slip behind me left in my footprints. I return stronger, healthier and more sane, and the chaos of 4 kids is trivial.

  75. Joanne Loriso permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:26 am

    I run for me. I started to run at 40 to prove to myself that I could do something I never thought I could and running has shown me that I can do anything, including indulge my sweet tooth.

  76. Robin permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:26 am

    I run because it makes me emotionally and physically healthy. It helps me manage my weight while enjoying foods I like. I also really enjoy the sense of accomplishment that I get, not only from running a half- or full marathon, but also from a personally great daily run.

  77. Rebecca J. permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:27 am

    I run to make my heart and legs strong. I run for the natural high it gives me. I run to escape to my happy place.

  78. Maria permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:28 am

    Running is my escape. It helps me get away from the everday rollercoaster that is mommyhood. And the best part is the more I run, the healthier I become…emotionally, physically, and mentally.

  79. katie permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:32 am

    Cold weather running,
    In ice covered snow, I slip
    And run through the stars.

  80. Michaela permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:34 am

    Running makes me feel stronger physically, quicker mentally, and happier in everything I do. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you start out, but give it a good try and you’ll be itching to go farther and/or faster soon!

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway– I just bought my first pair of Asics last week (Christmas gift from the hubby) and LOVE them 🙂

  81. Julie Weidner permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:48 am

    I run for the way it makes my mind body and soul feel! I run for the weight loss! I run because of the competitive streak in me where I can obtain new PR’s for myself!

  82. Bente permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:51 am

    Because I thought I couldn’t and now I can. Because it reaches to every part of my life. Because it is the most empowering action I have ever taken on.

  83. January 5, 2011 8:51 am

    I run because it is good for me. I run to have something in my life that is JUST FOR ME. I run for the silence.

  84. Bretta Hayes permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:55 am

    Oh — I run to be alone — to work on accomplishing seemingly insurmountable goals — I run to stay in shape and to care for myself. Plus, there’s nothing like getting to watch the sun rise all by myself …. as if it’s come up just for me 🙂

  85. Sarah permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:55 am

    Running has been great for my marriage, my husband has his activities and now I have mine. It has brought balance to the time we each spend on our sports and it has made him better at watching the kids (Mom has to leave for a few hours, Dad’s in charge). When I run I clear my mind and return a better mommy.

  86. January 5, 2011 8:56 am

    Running reminds me of how great the human body is and makes me realize that mine is capable of many things. It also provides me with the clarity to accomplish other goals in my life and get past the setbacks.

  87. Sheryl permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:03 am

    I run because I am finally injury free after being on the injured runner list for ten years! I feel strong, independent and happy when I run. Can’t beat that!

  88. sarah permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:05 am

    Why run? Time to myself, and I feel kick-ass after. Why NOT run?

  89. January 5, 2011 9:05 am

    putting one foot in front of the other makes even the most uncoordinated person a fantastic runner. fast or slow doesn’t matter, it’s the sense of accomplishment that counts. we can do hard things!

  90. January 5, 2011 9:17 am

    Simple. I run because I can. Run.

  91. mary permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:19 am

    I run for these reasons: time alone, runner’s butt, and mental health benefits. I get to listen to my own music, look and feel better physically and mentally and occasionally get a medal. Then I wear it all week.

  92. January 5, 2011 9:21 am

    Running is my sanity. Even when the baby isn’t sleeping through the night, hubby is working crazy hours at work, and my own job has me pulling out my hair, running is always there to calm, soothe, and be my constant companion.

  93. Stacy permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:27 am

    I run because it blends so many of the things I need in life. It’s good for my health, daily runs give me needed time to not worry about outside “stuff” and de-stress, group runs give me the social aspect and races give me the social plus a huge feeling of accomplishment for striving for new goals. It’s the perfect answer to a busy life, you really CAN take it anywhere!

  94. Jules permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:34 am

    Bottom line: I run for my physical health. I run for my mental health. I run for my spiritual self.

  95. January 5, 2011 9:42 am

    I run to be a better mom, a better wife…a better version of ME!

  96. Pam permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:43 am

    Running is a lot like sex. You may not always want to do it but you know feel great once you do it. Plus it has all kinds of health benefits! 🙂

  97. Annie permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:44 am

    The elevator ride is too short for this, and you ladies have said it all for me already…so I’d toss her my copy of Run Like a Mother (I can always get another one!) and tell her to dust off her sneakers because she’s about to hit the ground running 🙂

  98. January 5, 2011 9:53 am

    Running is my meditation. It clears my mind and my body. It keeps me strong and healthy.

  99. otherjulie permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:54 am

    I run to sweat…to get real. I run to achieve a goal…to follow through. I run for me…no one can do it for me.

  100. Ashlea permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:55 am

    I would say to this woman… Do you like to escape from life, kids, work and all stress? If so running is for you! When you run you can escape all of those things and not have to worry about what people think, say, or even the way you look! Try running.

  101. Becky permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:57 am

    I run to get in shape and be in a better mindset for my family.

  102. jennie permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:00 am

    I run because I have no choice to turn my brain from the little stuff, and think about ME and NOW.

    I run because I want to live for a long while.

    I run because I like to look lean and strong.

  103. January 5, 2011 10:00 am

    I run because it’s the one thing I can justify doing for myself because the benefits to my family are worth it. I work out my tension, de-stress–it’s like therapy, only sweat therapy. When I think back to good runs or races, it reminds me I am strong, I have the potential and I can do anything I want to or need to.

  104. Terry permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:01 am

    Running keeps me sane. It makes me feel good about myself. It’s the best de-stressor around.

  105. Janey permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:05 am

    What more could I want? It’s free… it makes me a better mother and wife… and I’ve got killer legs. I’m addicted.

  106. Shaygram permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:11 am

    Running makes everything better… my mind, my body, my relationships, my body, my outlook, my body… It doesn’t require a ton of equipment, a ton of preparation, or the perfect place… you can just GO!

  107. Jennifer Alvarez permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:15 am

    I run for my health and mental well-being. I run to be a good example to my children and other women in my life. But mostly I run because it feels so very, very good when you stop!

  108. Angela Peterson permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:16 am

    I run to fit into my size 2 Gap jeans; I run for the peace and quiet (other than the music blaring through my iPod; I run because the burn makes me feel ALIVE!

  109. barbara permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:17 am

    I run because it keeps my lungs strong, my weight (reasonably!) under control, and it’s “there” – right outside my front door, at any time — no gym membership or fancy equipment required. Oh, and it’s the only time I get to listen to “my” music on the iPod. 🙂

  110. Misty permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:27 am

    Mine is in haiku form:

    I run for my health.
    My quiet time, by myself.
    To show her “I can”.

    (her being my daughter, of course). 🙂

  111. Ashley H permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:27 am

    Peace. Quiet. Pride.

  112. Amanda LeBlanc permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:27 am

    I run first and foremost for ME and because I still CAN! Running for me means improved physical health, a supercharged immune system, ME time, uninterrupted thinking time, and sometimes even BFF “slow and chatty” running girl time. Finally, I run for my family – a healthy, happy mom is good for everyone!

  113. Carolina De Leon permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:30 am

    I run to love and love to run! One thing begets the other. Plain and simple.

  114. Patty permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:31 am

    I run because it gives me time to stop obsessing about what needs to be done for work, school and family. It gives me time to get out there, be by myself and just let my mind go. Then it gives me the energy to tackle everything that needs to be done.

  115. Dawn permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:50 am

    I began running in my 40’s to ensure that I could still run (walk, ski, swim, sail, camp, hike, live!) in my 60’s, 80’s, and beyond. I want to do for myself what my mother and grandmother were unable to do for themselves. I want my daughters to see me live a full life.

  116. Karen Falat permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:02 am

    Three sentances about why I run? How about 3 names- Ryan (5), Jake (3) and Max (1). ‘Nuff said. (<;

  117. Amy M. Miller permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:07 am

    I run to learn about my myself. Learning about what my body can do, what my mind is curious about and where my heart lies. That big open road is my classroom!

  118. Linda B permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:15 am

    I run because it makes me feel incredible. Running empowers me to stretch my limits and achieve more than I ever thought I could. Running gives me freedom and makes me healthier mentally and physically.

  119. Alecia permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:19 am

    I’ve got laundry, dishes, irritable kids, and my husband left out his beer cans again.

    When the world starts to feel like it’s overcrowding me, I strap on shoes and music, and set out to be free.

    An exhilarating distance with no gas or wheels gives me pride and confidence and I love how it feels.

  120. Carrie P permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:21 am

    I run because it gives me “alone time” to think about my life, to focus my energy, to assess my goals, and to firm my resolve. Plus, it reminds me that every body part is a miracle.

  121. Corinna permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:22 am

    1. It makes me feel great about what my body can do.
    2. Gives me time just to myself – no kids, no husband, no distractions.
    3. Love knowing that I’m part of an elite group of people, instead of being like the majority and sitting with my butt on the couch.

  122. sarah permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:23 am

    Running makes me happy, its my alone time that lifts my sole. It makes me unique and part of a group. It is an accomplishment.

  123. Heather C permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:30 am

    Running is essential for my self-preservation. Running keeps me balanced. Running is my therapy for life.

  124. kris permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:41 am

    I run to feel connected…..breath, mind, body…. all in sync with the great outdoors and energy surrounding me.

  125. Susan in Denver permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:43 am

    I run because it gives me energy to do all the other things that I need to get done. I run because when I do it fills my cup so that I can happily give to others who need me. I run because it makes me feel strong.

  126. January 5, 2011 11:44 am

    I run to be strong. I run to stay sane. I run because its effing awesome. 🙂

  127. Kris permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:44 am

    Running fuels my mind, body and spirit.

  128. Debbie D. permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:58 am

    I run because at the age of 46, it gives me an immediate thrill of accomplishment. I feel good, I look fit, and like the trials of motherhood, some runs are hard as hell but the rewards are great.

  129. J. King permalink
    January 5, 2011 12:01 pm

    I run to relieve stress, to improve my mood, to eat almost anything that takes my fancy and to look good in anything I choose to wear at any age.

  130. Judy permalink
    January 5, 2011 12:06 pm

    I run for three reasons 1) for my health, 2) to set an example for my kids that you can do anything that you put your mind to, and 3) to escape everything else at least for part of the day and return refreshed and ready for any challenge.

  131. Margaret permalink
    January 5, 2011 12:14 pm

    I run so that I can be around to play with my grandkids someday. I run because it’s the most freeing feeling in the world. Lastly, I run because I can!

  132. January 5, 2011 12:14 pm

    I feel a lot better about myself.
    I have more energy to play with my kids.
    It gives me some alone time.

  133. January 5, 2011 12:22 pm

    I run because it is my release from the world at the current moment. As a mom to two beautiful girls and a great husband, it can get hectic. When I run all the cares of the world go away and it’s just me and the road and my watch to tell me how far I am going! 🙂

  134. Kristen permalink
    January 5, 2011 12:22 pm

    After narrowly coming through post-partem depression, my husband demanded that I finally give myself some “Me time”. I chose the most absurd hobby, running, knowing that I could never leave my kids, setting myself up to fail. I now run, every day, because I CAN!!!

  135. Crystal Baker permalink
    January 5, 2011 12:36 pm

    I love the feeling I have when I finish running. I love my kids, husband and house but I also love a break from them. I refuse to buy a bigger size of pants!

  136. January 5, 2011 12:43 pm

    I run because I never thought I could. Guess what, I can. You can too!

  137. January 5, 2011 12:55 pm

    I run to have me-time so that I don’t turn into the psycho !@#$% from h-e-double toothpicks when my patience is GONE.

    I run because it challenges me and makes me see that I am so much more than a SAHM.

    It’s a positive influence in my family and now my husband and 3 year old both love running now too. 🙂

  138. Lauren permalink
    January 5, 2011 1:10 pm

    I run because it’s something that I do for me. It makes me a better person.

  139. Lisa permalink
    January 5, 2011 1:13 pm

    Running empowers me, energizes me, makes me feel human. After a run I can deal with anything. It puts all the small things in their proper perspective.

  140. Elana permalink
    January 5, 2011 1:13 pm

    I run because my body loves it and my mind needs it. By the time I’m done with a run my head is clear, and my body feels refreshed, strong, and sexy. (Yes, I think sweaty and sexy can be synonymous)

  141. Laura Humes permalink
    January 5, 2011 1:16 pm

    Nothing burns calories, clears the head, tones the body and feeds the soul more than running. You can take it anywhere, do it anywhere and enjoy it alone or with friends. It’s the total package.

  142. Taletha permalink
    January 5, 2011 1:16 pm

    To empower myself.

  143. Pam permalink
    January 5, 2011 1:21 pm

    I run for ME! For my physical health, and mostly importantly my mental health!!

  144. Misty McCleary permalink
    January 5, 2011 1:28 pm

    I run because it’s free therapy for my frazzled mom mind, it makes my body look so good that I forget about those pesky stretch marks, and it allows me to eat ice cream without a single second worth of guilt. It even helps me keep my house clean because I have an extra jolt of energy after a run. Name something else that can accomplish all these things in 30 minutes a day?

  145. Andrea permalink
    January 5, 2011 1:39 pm

    I run to control my blood sugars.
    I run to control my spirit.
    I run to control the calories of my ice cream habit.

  146. Tammy Cox permalink
    January 5, 2011 1:41 pm

    I run because I never knew I could. I love the energy I feel after a run. I love running under the stars.

  147. Atha permalink
    January 5, 2011 1:41 pm

    Because I can! 🙂

  148. Julie B permalink
    January 5, 2011 2:09 pm

    Running relaxes my world. It balances the joys of eating well and feeling healthy. If running alone, it gives my brain space to think; if running with friends, all my words have place to be heard!

  149. January 5, 2011 2:10 pm

    i run because…it makes me stronger, my body looks pretty dang good and i love how it makes me feel after when i finish!

  150. January 5, 2011 2:18 pm

    I run to prove to myself I can. I run because my mom died of a heart attack at 64, this last summer. I run so that today I am the mom I want my daughter to look up to, and one day I can be the grandma my mom couldn’t be.

  151. January 5, 2011 2:46 pm

    Running makes me strong physically, but it’s more than that. Where there is a broken place, running helps me patch it up so that i’m stronger there. Before i had my son, I ran to “run AWAY, but now i find myself more often than not “running TO”.

  152. Nancy McM permalink
    January 5, 2011 3:02 pm

    Running will help you deal with the stresses of life, the junk that you mistakenly ate, and help you to be empowered to do anything you want to do!

  153. January 5, 2011 3:15 pm

    I run for my sanity. I run to make myself a better me, which makes me a better mom.

  154. Katie permalink
    January 5, 2011 3:25 pm

    I use running to reconcile past troubles. I use running to manage present struggles. I use running to create a healthy future.

  155. Anne B. permalink
    January 5, 2011 3:30 pm

    I run for me and my sanity. I run for my kids so that I can be healthy for them! And I run for my husband so he doesn’t have to listen to me bitch about not running!

  156. January 5, 2011 3:40 pm

    I run because it’s easy to just head out my door and get in quick exercise along with fresh air and sunshine. I also run because it’s fairly cheap and can be scheduled anytime. Best of all, I run because it makes me look and feel fabulous.

  157. Megan permalink
    January 5, 2011 3:57 pm

    I run to prove to my son that you can overcome your past, even if it involved being an overweight child who was always the last to finish the dreaded mile in gym class at that end of the year- even if that involved 50 kids running it at the same time.I run because when I do it, I don’t have to think about anything. It is glorious to spend a short while each day not being the grand ring master of my family circus.

  158. January 5, 2011 4:08 pm

    I used to say “Running is my prozac.” Until someone I said that to got into a discussion about how she takes prozac and perceived my statement as offensive. I know some people still need the prozac and therapy and I never want to offend anyone.

    I am so NOT sexy, but when I am done with a run, dripping with sweat, I feel sexy (and smart and free.) I’d like to say I feel thin and rich too, but let’s not push it.

    Running is Freedom. And running can get you through the holidays without the average 4.75 pound weight gain the average american takes on.

  159. Sherry permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:13 pm

    It makes me look good and feel good. I get to be by myself! Also, it’s cheap, time-effective, and a real calorie burner!

  160. Jen J permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:14 pm

    Running is good for me, it’s much needed me time. It’s made me healthier and happier, which in turn makes me a better mommy. I also love to compete and racing has fueled that desire.

  161. Deby Mullen permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:17 pm

    Running made me realize that I can do the impossible. Running makes me feel alive. Running changed my life.

  162. Christy permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:19 pm

    1. )I run because it is an awesome whole body workout that is quick, easy, and cheap to do. 2.)Running is a great way to take some time to be alone with your thoughts, or to totally veg out. 3.)running gives me precious alone time to remind me that I do indeed love my family!

  163. Ashlea permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:17 pm

    Do you want to get away from all of the stress of work, kids and daily routines and enjoy time to yourself? Running can help you escape all of the stress and allow you to be free and not worry about how you look or what someone thinks of you. Running also has great health benefits!

  164. ice cream addict permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:38 pm

    I run to stay sane, it’s cheaper than Prozac and far fewer side effects 🙂

  165. ashley griner permalink
    January 5, 2011 5:46 pm

    Honestly, it is NOT easy to find the time or the energy to make a run happen; but if you can, there’s no better feeling than taking a deep breath after the last mile and being reminded of who you really are…….a strong, healthy, athletic, perservering and accomplished multi-tasking woman! The “high” after a run is IT!

  166. January 5, 2011 6:12 pm

    I run because in my entire day I can not find another place where I am taken care of. Emotionally, physically and spiritually. Running is when I get to look out for number one.

  167. Alicia permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:12 pm

    Ineub because for the longest time I believed I couldn’t and there is nothing like overcoming a challenge and oh yeah, it’s better than Prozac!

  168. Renee Clark permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:13 pm

    I never thought I could be one of those runner girls. But I have learned I can run. Because I am stronger than I thought I was.

  169. Amy permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:15 pm

    Running makes me nicer, happier, healthier and a better mother & wife!

  170. January 5, 2011 6:16 pm

    i run because it is the only form of exercise that is fully dependent on ME- no equipment, machine, or device comes even close. plus, i fall down a lot during jazzercise…

  171. Vic permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:16 pm

    Running is great for your body AND soul. It makes you look AND feel great. It’s better (and cheaper) than therapy!

  172. January 5, 2011 6:18 pm

    I run to find myself -after getting lost in the role of wife and mother its important to find me outside of those roles.
    I run to have confidence because when I run nothing is impossible.
    I run to get away, the kids just drive me crazy sometimes 🙂

  173. Betsy permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:18 pm

    I run because I don’t have to think about it. I am not athletic at all, I just don’t “get” sports and there is nothing to “get” about running, you just do it.

  174. kimg permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:19 pm

    I run to help me keep all the stresses in my life in perspective. I run so that I can

    • kimg permalink
      January 5, 2011 6:22 pm

      I run so that i can be a better wife and mother to 3 great girls. I run to set an example to my kids that they can do anything they set their mind to.

  175. Debbie Popiel permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:19 pm

    I run because the road never asks me to show up and is always there waiting for me. The road never asks me any questions and it doesn’t care where I’ve been, if I’m late or haven’t been there in awhile. The road always listens to me and never interrupts my thoughts. It tells me exactly what I NEED to hear even if it’s not what I WANT to hear. I run because the road accepts me as I am and doesn’t mind if I talk too loud, what I wear, if my shoes are last year’s model or if I pay my bill’s on time. It just stretches it’s arms out before me and let’s me stay as long or short as I want. More than three sentences, I know, but those are just a few of the reasons why I run.

    • Janelle permalink
      January 5, 2011 6:32 pm

      this is awesome! It’s so true and the reason I insist on running on my own!

  176. Rhonda permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:20 pm

    There really is such a thing as a runner’s high. Just try.

  177. Ellen Comeaux permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:20 pm

    Running gives me positive energy and makes me feel alive. It empowers me to be a better wife, mother and person. I run for me and my sanity!

  178. January 5, 2011 6:20 pm

    I run to prove to myself that I can. For so long, I was the girl that could not even run around a block. Now I am running (slow) races. Every time I hit the wall a few miles in, I remind myself that last year I was running a quarter mile at a time and thinking I would die!

  179. Paula permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:20 pm

    You get time for yourself. You get to be healthy for you and for your family. I LOVE running when I am done 🙂

  180. Melissa Ann Brook permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:20 pm

    I run to stay sane. Or maybe I run because I’m insane. But at any rate, sanity is why I run.

  181. becelisa permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:21 pm

    i run for a strong heart, a clear mind and a nice butt. what more do i need 🙂

  182. January 5, 2011 6:22 pm

    I just started to run. Determination is my word for this year. Come you can do it to!

  183. January 5, 2011 6:22 pm

    I run not to lose but to gain. Gain confidence. Gain spirit. Gain more of me.

  184. Jolene Cannady permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:22 pm

    Because I am good enough. I am strong enough. And gosh darn it, it saves my sanity. LOL!!!

  185. IA Running Momma permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:23 pm

    I run for my kids, my hubby and my sanity. ‘Nuff said.

  186. C Stacey permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:23 pm

    I run because it’s cheaper than therapy.

  187. January 5, 2011 6:25 pm

    I run to help keep my sanity. I run because you can always improve on workouts and races. I run to be an example to my sons.

  188. Kristy Z. permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:25 pm

    Alone time–enough said! Seriously, it is ALL ME and what I am achieving and pushing my body more and more. It is the only thing that is just mine to be proud of.

  189. GrungeRun aka Rebecca Mullinnix permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:25 pm

    Sanity. I give my soul to my family. On the road, my mind returns, problems are solved, my body feels GOOD, spirit refilled and I find – I CAN, when all else says I can’t.

  190. Katie permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:25 pm

    I run because I like being fit and lean. I run because it’s a great way to decompress. I run because it’s a guaranteed chat with 2 good friends 3x a week.

  191. January 5, 2011 6:25 pm

    Running is guilt free time to focus soley on me and, as a mom, it may be the only time I can run away, without actually running away. Running gives me the freedom to get away, reframe my focus, clear my head and come home refreshed. Running makes me the mom they need me to be.

  192. January 5, 2011 6:26 pm

    I run because my health is worth fighting for, and want to be around to see my grandchildren (and be able to keep up with them). I run because I can. I run so I can have that hot fuge sundae and not worry about it.

  193. Lizzy W permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:26 pm

    There is nothing better I can do for me or my family. I am a better mother, wife or friend when I run. You deserve to feel this way, too!

  194. Kate B. permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:26 pm

    For the first time in my life, I feel like an athlete. I feel strong and like I have better control over my weight and my mood. I run because I am able bodied and because when I do I can accomplish more than I ever thought I could.

  195. January 5, 2011 6:26 pm

    I run because I need to. I need the physical exercise, I need the emotional escape, I get the social outlet. I run because it lets my mind escape and be whoever I want to be.

  196. Janelle permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:27 pm

    I’ve lost 55 pounds running! I run because it keeps me sane and makes me a better mom and wife! I run for me time and connect to something beyond poppy diapers and what to feed the kids!

  197. julie permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:28 pm

    Running clears my head, revs up my body and makes my heart sing!

  198. Marie Merritt permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:31 pm

    I run because it makes this 59 year old grandmother, feel like a 29 year old mother.

  199. Kimberly Gavin permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:31 pm

    I get 30+ minutes to be me. Instead of having 6 (husband + 5 kids) people pulling me everywhere I just have to worry about my next step. I love being just me for that 30+ minutes.

  200. January 5, 2011 6:32 pm

    I run because first, and foremost, I love it. I run because sometimes I don’t know what else to do. I run because I’m able, willing and passionate about it!

  201. maggie permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:32 pm

    I run to stay sane and off antidepressants. I run to stay strong and not get fat. I run because I enjoy it, and really enjoy running with other people.

  202. Anje permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:34 pm

    I never believed that I could be a runner. Somedays I still don’t know if I can be a runner. But, I try because it is for ME!

  203. January 5, 2011 6:35 pm

    I run because it is all mine…my choice, my success, my guilt, my high. I’m a teacher, a librarian, a wife, a sister, a mother, but as a runner it is me for and against me. The crazy and most amazing result is that as a runner I have inspired and challenged my family without even trying.

  204. Vivian permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:35 pm

    It is a legitimate excuse to get out of the house and away from the chaos. It keeps me connected with the earth and all of its inhabitants. It feels really, really good when you get in the shower after a nice long run.

  205. Jessica permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:36 pm

    I run so I can be there for my kids, my grandkids, my greatgrandkids, and my husband. It helps me at my job, my marriage, my mental health, my physical health, and being a mother. It helps me be me.

  206. Katrina permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:36 pm

    I run for my health, my sanity and for some much needed alone time. It feels great to feel strong and in shape!

  207. danielle permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:39 pm

    I run because I feel empowered and I want my daughter to see that! I was never good at any sport as a kid–never encouraged to try one and never believed I could. After having my daughter I started to run to be a positive example of health and wellness to her and along the way found that I was good at it and felt good about myself and my accomplishments!

  208. Kim permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:40 pm

    Running is cheaper than therapy!

    • Tracy McCabe permalink
      January 5, 2011 7:10 pm

      Ahhh Kim, just saw post till now. I agree whole-heartedly!

  209. Freedom permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:41 pm

    People ask me all the time: Why do you run? I don’t enter races, my life is a race every day. So…. It’s easy….I run for my life. I have 5 wonderful kids. ( 1 in heaven – she is my passion for raising awareness about CDH) 4 with us here today (who inspire me to be my BEST each day). It makes me a better person, mom, wife, friend, neighbor & volunteer for life. I run so my kids will be strong when they get older. 3 of them have already started to run ( ages 4, 6, 7 ) They are the ones that make me get up & run 6 days a week. I love RUNNING!

  210. KathyinMN permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:41 pm

    I run for me. I run because it makes the rest of my life bettter, plain and simple. And I wish I would have known this in my 20’s. =)

  211. C Freeman permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:43 pm

    I love to see and hear the world around me — that’s why I run. I love being healthy and strong — that’s why I run. I love myself — that’s why I run.

  212. Carolee Hall permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:43 pm

    I run because I want the second half of my life the be healthier than the first half. It makes me feel strong. It makes my jeans look good:)

  213. January 5, 2011 6:43 pm

    Running keeps me sane and healthy, and it’s the only thing in my life that is ALL MINE.

  214. Amy permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:44 pm

    I run because I can; and when I do my strength of mind, body, and soul increase dramatically. I run because my kids think it’s cool, and they know I am at my best when I return. I run because I can!

  215. Calleen permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:45 pm

    I run for my health, for my family, for my sanity and just for me!

  216. Bobbi Jo Aune permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:46 pm

    I run for the peace. I run for my sanity. I run because I have a body, legs, feet and the heart to do it!

  217. Donna M permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:55 pm

    I run because its the only thing that I can control. It’s my therapy..and it eases my mind. I feel amazing when its over and can’t wait to throw my running shoes on and start all over again!! Running is my POWER!

  218. Sheryl permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:57 pm

    I run because I never thought I could. It has shown me that I am much more capable and far stronger than I thought. I feel stronger emotionally and physically than I ever have before, and that simple feeling – being stronger – infiltrates every aspect of your life.

  219. Leslie permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:57 pm

    The parallels between running and birthing never cease to amaze me… I am not good with words, but I would alter some of my favourite birthing quotes:

    >> We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong. <> There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don’t ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it. <<
    Sheryl Feldman

    would be

    There is power that comes to women when they run. They don't ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying you (when you run), with it.

  220. Yeiko Menzies permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:58 pm

    I need to run for my mind, body, hubby and kids. It boosts my confidence, energy and sense of accomplishment. If I wanted to stop I couldn’t because now I am addicted.

  221. Leslie permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:59 pm

    That came out wrong when posted – should be:

    The parallels between running and birthing never cease to amaze me… I am not good with words, but I would alter some of my favourite birthing quotes:

    “We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” Laura Stavoe Harm

    would be

    We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that running is painful. It’s that women are strong.

    Or, “There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don’t ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it.” Sheryl Feldman

    would be

    There is power that comes to women when they run. They don’t ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying you (when you run), with it.

  222. January 5, 2011 7:01 pm

    When I run, I finally have me time, all me time, not like going to the bathroom and shutting the door, only to hear knocking/shouting and fighting through the door.
    When I run, my thoughts are my own, not when does the baby need to eat or has my son pooped yet or what are we going to have for dinner.
    When I run, I can eat that last piece of cake, or heck the ENTIRE cake and not feel an ounce of guilt because I know that running 26.2 miles will surely work that 50,000 calorie cake off:)

  223. Becky Gillis permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:01 pm

    New Year’s day 2010 I could run a minute. New Year’s day 2011 I ran for an hour and could have run longer. That is what it looks like to stick to a New Year’s resloution!

  224. January 5, 2011 7:02 pm

    Running brings me down to earth when my head is in the sky and lets me dream when everything is just to hard to take in the real world. I can take my body however far or fast I need to. Sometimes that is the only control I have in my day.

  225. Denise permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:04 pm

    Running gets my day off to the right start – heart pumping and head-clearing. With 2 preschoolers, it’s sometimes my only me time. Running gives me a sense of power that I don’t necessarily feel in other areas of my life.

  226. Jennifer F permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:05 pm

    What if someone challenged you to do something you never thought possible? Want to know how good it feels to rub your accomplishment in their face? Come run with me.

  227. Laurie Allin permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:05 pm

    Because I come from an obese family and I decided when my daughter was born I was stopping the cycle.

  228. Becky permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:06 pm

    Don’t go far, just run, and then tomorrow cross that line and go a step farther. One day at a time you will be amazed what YOU CAN do. Lace up let’s go!

  229. January 5, 2011 7:06 pm

    Running makes me feel strong and independent — like the core of who I am is still there, no matter what may face me when I walk back through the door to start the day with my family.

  230. January 5, 2011 7:08 pm

    1. It’s the only “me” time I can get: even bathroom breaks involve the little guys
    2. It’s the only thing that burns calories as well as breast feeding.
    3. It’s free drugs.

  231. Tara permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:08 pm

    Running gives me the freedom to be me. Running gives me space and scenery. Most of all, running proves to me what I am capable of when I put my mind to it.

  232. Tracy McCabe permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:08 pm

    Because it’s cheaper than therapy , better for me than wine, gets me away from my kids and husband when they drive me crazy, and gives me a tight butt.

  233. Kristina permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:10 pm

    I run because I sleep better at night when I do.

  234. Gwen permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:10 pm

    Looking for a way to feel strong, accomplished and put together? Go for a run!! It will heal your mind, body and soul.

  235. Amanda D permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:10 pm

    Running is my cheap therapy. The jumbled list of little peoples schedules in my head is organized, cleared and put into order during my run. I am ready to conquer the day even if my sleep was cut by a few hours to run.

  236. Becky permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:11 pm

    Why don’t you run? Running eases my crazy, hyper thoughts while toning my tired stressed body so I can face my family, job and self as a better person! Plus there’s nothing better than overhearing your 9 year old tell his friends that his mom could beat them in a race!

  237. January 5, 2011 7:13 pm

    Running is the freest and best way to a clear head, a strong body, a sense of humor and a youthful energy and optimism that are even better than real youth was.

  238. Erica Richards permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:14 pm

    I started running to clear my head. Now I run because it makes me feel like a super hero! You can do anything you thought never in a million years you could do.

  239. Rhonda C. permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:15 pm

    Oooooooohhhh. Asics are my favorite! Light, good stability, maximum comfort!

  240. Lisa permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:15 pm

    I run for myself and enjoy the benefits it gives others, like my kids and husband. I run to be competitive at almost 40 years old. I run to make my life better . . . and it REALLY is!

  241. Kathleen permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:21 pm

    Minimum time – Maximum Effect . Ttrail , treadmill , trail – There is simply no better workout . It’s cheaper and more fun than therapy 🙂

  242. Jennifer permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:22 pm

    Running is a time just for me. Running makes me feel accomplished. Running makes me feel proud.

  243. Alison Price permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:22 pm

    Running makes me both mentally and physically strong. It helps me to find peace, balance, strength and joy. It has made me a better person, ready to face the daily challenges of life, marriage, and motherhood.

  244. Selene permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:22 pm

    I want to live to long enough to see and keep up with my grandkids. I need time just to myself to clear my head, pray, think- just time for myself. I like to be outside enjoying nature.

  245. Sennet Oliver permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:28 pm

    I run to finish! I’ve always been the one person who started things but never finished. I found running and finally know the the feeling of “finishing”.

  246. Karen permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:29 pm

    “The question is, ‘why don’t you?’ When I run, it’s just me and my thoughts — no kids, no husband, no house, no job . . . just me. I feel better, look better, sleep better, am a better mom and a better wife. It makes me feel strong, and convinces me that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.”

  247. January 5, 2011 7:30 pm

    I run because I figured out that I can’t take good care of my family if I’m not taking care of myself. I love to run because it makes me feel powerful. I always wanted to be a runner, and now I am.

  248. Jen permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:32 pm

    I am not gifted with the talent of being a fast runner, in fact, some may argue that my pace may not even be considered running at all. I run to help everyone else feel better about their time. Seriously though, I run because every single mile I have ever run and every single mile I will ever run is a reminder that I have achieved something that I never thought was possible.

  249. Joanne permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:35 pm

    I run to sort out my life. I run to fit into skinny jeans. I run because I love to be outside in all kinds of weather.

  250. dirksgirlsmama permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:36 pm

    Did you see my booty before I started running?

  251. Sarah permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:36 pm

    Running gives me a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, it is me time – where I can enjoy the silence or rock out to music that only I like! Puts me in a much better mood too!

  252. Christina permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:37 pm

    1. Its cheaper than therapy.
    2. You can eat anything you want and not gain weight!
    3. You deserve your own time out where no one will talk to you, touch you or ask you any questions- unless you want them to.
    (These are pretty much the reasons why I run.)

  253. Rebecca permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:40 pm

    So I don’t lose my mind and because running makes me great about myself. Running makes me a better woman, wife and mother! And I get to socialize with a friend while I run.

    • Rebecca permalink
      January 5, 2011 7:41 pm

      That should be makes me FEEL great about myself.

  254. Donna permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:40 pm

    It’s the cheapest, easiest way to stay healthy. I can do it on my lunch hour – and weekends if someone will watch the kiddo, or I can put him in the jogging stroller. And I can challenge myself with races that can be as far away as Ireland or as close as my own city.

  255. christi permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:45 pm

    I run to recharge my physical, emotional, and spiritual batteries. I am a better person, wife and mother when I run.

  256. Ann Marie permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:45 pm

    As a mother- I run as a role model for my daughters.
    As a cancer survivor – I run because now I can and every breath is important.
    As a friend- I love my running girls/mammas without our running conversations I would need a shrink!

  257. KOTurner permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:51 pm

    I run because I can. I can put one foot in front of another. Its as simple as that.

  258. Christine permalink
    January 5, 2011 7:53 pm

    I love running! It makes me feel strong and confident. Every time I get out the door and start moving, I feel better.

  259. Skye permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:02 pm

    I run because I want to say outloud “I am a runner” and have it be undeniably true. I run so that I can enjoy the sound of my own breathing, mixed in with Lady Gaga, The Killers, and Amy Winehouse and not the whines and demands from which I am literally running away. I run so that my children will see a healthy routine and lifestyle modelled for them and hopefully be healthy adults as well.

  260. kara permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:11 pm

    I run so I can love and be loved as a wife and mother. I wish the natural endorphins could be captured in a bottle.

  261. Margo Dukesherer permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:11 pm

    I run because I can. I run because someday I won’t be able to. I run because with every step, and every mile in my shoes, I am doing something just for me.

  262. Lavanya Sridhar permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:18 pm

    Run! so you can run from your life one run at a time
    Run – so you always want to get back.

  263. January 5, 2011 8:20 pm

    I run because after every single run (no matter how slow, labored, or painful), I feel better (physically, mentally, and emotionally) than I did before I laced up my shoes.

  264. Margaret permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:26 pm

    I run because of the people that I am surrounded by when I run. My soul is fed by the encouragement offered by these new friends. I am surrounded by friends who want to be healthy and want me to be healthy right along with them.

  265. Lynnette W. permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:27 pm

    Since our assignment is to convince her to start running, here’s what I would say:

    (1) I run because it is empowering, healthy, invigorating, and fun! (2) If I can do it, I know that you can do it! (3) I would be honored to help you start your running journey – tell me what I can do to help you begin; and I would love your email address so we can keep in touch!

  266. Vicky permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:30 pm

    If you love your kids, you will come run with me right now. It gives you a sense of accomplishment you will never come close to feeling. The role modeling you do for the next generation is miraculous.

  267. Penny permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:31 pm

    Run because you can.
    Run for your health.
    Run because nothing beats the feeling you get from it.

  268. Amy Valencia permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:34 pm

    I run because it is the only thing that makes me truly escape the “real” world and re-set. When I finish a good run (and usually the not so good runs too) I feel tired, yet invigorated, invincible, and able to tackle or accomplish anything. I never…..ever…. regret having laced up my shoes and taken the time for a run.

  269. Erin P. permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:42 pm

    I run because it is my time. I run because it is my health. I run because it is my example for my daughter.

  270. Verna Volker permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:58 pm

    I run because it makes me feel like supermom! It helps me be a better mom and wife! Sometimes, I can’t believe how much I’ve accomplished through running!

  271. Elaine permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:03 pm

    I run because it wakes something up in me. It wakes my old self, just ME. I run to keep me happy cause when momma aint happy aint nobody happy!

  272. Kortni permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:06 pm

    I run to be by myself. I run for my sanity. I run to prove I can do something that I never thought I could do…to surprise me and others just about every day!

  273. Nicole Oehmke permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:24 pm

    I run because, on the mornings when I am hitting the pavement, my husband gets our three kids ready for school. I run because he has stopped talking about having another baby.

  274. Elaina Hunt permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:29 pm

    I dared God to show me how he’d make me stronger. He set my feet to running. I can’t get enough.

  275. Sharon permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:31 pm

    I run for myself. It makes me a better woman, mother, wife, and overall a happier person. Running is a commitment to myself when the rest of my time is spent on my husband and 2 boys and pleasing everyone else.

  276. Vickie permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:32 pm

    Simply put, I run because I can fit it in my day, rain or shine, with minimal equipment. I run because it gives you the biggest exercise bang for your time & effort. I run for me!

  277. Julianne Hyma permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:34 pm

    I run because it’s a part of who I am…it’s my lifestyle, my passion, my stress relief, my time away, “my” time. I hardly ever have a run in which I don’t discover something [wonderful] about myself and my place in the world. I love that!

  278. Amy permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:34 pm

    I run for me. Time alone makes for a happier mom.

  279. Jocelyn permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:42 pm

    Running brings me to life, exercising my body, mind and spirit. I’m in control – fast or slow, where to go, heart monitor or not, what kind of music or none at all, skirt or tights – I’m in control. I make it what I want it to be.

  280. January 5, 2011 9:42 pm

    Running is “ME” time. Time for me to de-stress, relax, think, and focus. Running at lunchtime breaks up a long day at work, and energizes me for the afternoon.

  281. EricaG permalink
    January 5, 2011 9:48 pm

    I run because it’s my escape. I can escape from kids melting down left & right, laundry piled all over and bathrooms that need to be cleaned. I can run and know that when I’m done I am more focused to tackle {almost} anything.

  282. heidi permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:09 pm

    Freedom and joy.

  283. Nicole permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:14 pm

    Running moves oxygen into my body and allows my brain and soul to re-align and become centered. Running also makes me stronger every day and able to face those really tough days being a full-time working mother and wife. Running is something I do to be as healthy as I can be to be able to have enough energy for my kids today (and their kids later on).

  284. Emily H permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:17 pm

    Running Undoes Neurosis. 🙂 And it helps make a great ass.

  285. Michelle J permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:34 pm

    I run to clear my mind. I run to free my soul. I run to be powerful.

  286. Dee Dee permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:36 pm

    I had accomplished every goal I had ever set for myself by the age of 27: finish college, be a teacher, get married, have kids, get my master’s degree. Running surprised me! It gave me something new to strive for, to accomplish, to love… in the midst of all those other great challenges, it is the one thing that is not for the loves in my life: my husband, kids, and students; it is just for me. (Are semi-colons cheating?)

  287. Amy permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:38 pm

    I run because these is no other activity that allows me to leave behind the hectic demands of daily life and answer only to the demands I ask of my own mind and body on that particular day.

    I run because I always come back a better person.

  288. Joanne Figueroa permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:40 pm

    I have composed a winter running Haiku for your enjoyment

    Bolting winter blast
    I am running so very fast
    Strong mindful free

  289. Martha permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:41 pm

    Running will make you feel so good, aka, it’s my version of my sisters “happy” pill. I find that when I run I am in a better mood and have so much energy. If you give it a try for a few times, I’m sure you will Iove it too and become addicted as I have.

  290. Karen permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:47 pm

    As I put one foot in front of the other the troubles of this life are left behind and the promise of a new, brighter day rises to greet me on the road ahead. I am challenged to face my capabilities and my limitations; empowered to be strong and free. I come in touch with who I am as the strength that is within me springs forth to embrace a new day.

  291. January 5, 2011 11:11 pm

    Simply, because I’m capable.

  292. Kerry Lively permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:18 pm

    I run because there are so many other people that can’t but I bet they wish they could just run one more time or just once in their lives. I run because I don’t want to regret that I didn’t run when I could have. I run because my Dad couldn’t run or breathe and then he died last January 7th from smoking instead of running.

  293. Robin permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:19 pm

    You don’t have to start out a runner you can become a runner. I had never run a mile in my life until 6 years ago, start slow and you can make it happen. Even if you don’t love it stick with it and it will change your life.

  294. Suzanne M permalink
    January 6, 2011 4:26 am

    Lose weight. Feel good. Escape the kids.

  295. Nicole M permalink
    January 6, 2011 5:09 am

    I started to run to lose the baby weight, but found something more. Found a stronger me, not only physically but mentally. Its not about the time you finish or the mileage- it’s about the accomplishment- “the I did this for me and won!” feeling.

  296. Michelle permalink
    January 6, 2011 6:10 am

    I run so I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want!

  297. Stephanie M permalink
    January 6, 2011 6:25 am

    Running makes me a better mom, wife, sister, daughter and friend. Running relieves stress, is part of a healthy lifestyle and fits into my budget and time constraints. Running can make me feel free – of everything.

  298. January 6, 2011 6:26 am

    Well, because it gives me time to think, relax (yes running is relaxing), and just be me in my head.

  299. January 6, 2011 6:47 am

    You can be yourself when you run. Run to feel FREE and strong. Run to listen to loud music that has swear words! 🙂

  300. rachel i permalink
    January 6, 2011 6:58 am

    I run because I need to find an outlet for my mental and physical needs in order to provide my children with a loving caregiver and strong role model. I run because it provides the biggest return on both of those fronts. I also run because of the financial ease and the community associations it provides.

    -boy, that was hard! lol!

  301. Bonnie permalink
    January 6, 2011 6:58 am

    I run for my ‘own’ time and to be another place, as well as my health so I can eat stuff that is bad for you and still feel good about it.

  302. Maria permalink
    January 6, 2011 7:09 am

    You don’t need much in the way of rhythm or coordination for running. I don’t really love running, but I rather do that then look like a fool in a Zumba class!

  303. melanie pontier permalink
    January 6, 2011 7:25 am

    A person is NOT born a runner–it’s like anything else in life: you have to work towards accomplishing it. The key is you must start out slow by walking and mixing in small blocks of jogging until you build up your endurance. Look up a beginniners 5K training schedule, follow it for a couple months, and before you know it, you’ll be jogging (or running) 3.1 miles!

  304. Rachel permalink
    January 6, 2011 8:10 am

    Running improves my health, gives me time to think and something to brag about to friends and family!

  305. January 6, 2011 8:28 am

    For me. For mine. For all.

  306. January 6, 2011 8:43 am

    (my rather bad poem)
    I run to get me out of bed.
    I need something to clear my head.
    You won’t stop me unless I’m dead.

  307. January 6, 2011 8:47 am

    You will get time for yourself, have more energy to spend with your children and, really, only wearing mom jeans isn’t flattering for anyone…

  308. January 6, 2011 9:02 am

    Running is awesome because it’s the most time-efficient way there is to get an extremely good workout. It gives you a super-strong heart, you can do it anywhere, and all you really need is a pair of shoes. Plus people will ask you how you got such great legs.

  309. Czarina permalink
    January 6, 2011 9:26 am

    I run for me time. It clears my head, and prepares me for anything that comes after the run. It also makes me a stronger mom/wife!

  310. Erica permalink
    January 6, 2011 9:35 am

    Running keeps giving. In 5 minutes, you feel happier. In a week, month, year, you are always improving – speed, distance. You can suit running to your mood. And getting out there for a run – even a 1 min run / 4 min walk – counts as a win you can feel great about.

  311. January 6, 2011 10:28 am

    I run for love, life and truly the pursuit of happiness.

  312. Susan permalink
    January 6, 2011 10:29 am

    Running makes me feel good, it keeps my weight stable, it calms my mind and helps me be more patient with my kids. It’s the ultimate ‘me’ time.

  313. Kathy permalink
    January 6, 2011 11:58 am

    To paraphrase Melissa Ethridge ‘I run for hope. I run to feel…for all that is real. I run for MY life!’

  314. Joy permalink
    January 6, 2011 12:41 pm

    Have you ever wanted to do s0mething that was just for you and no one else, but made life better for everyone else? That’s why I run. I am a better mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend b/c I can do something that I am passionate about with no apologies for taking time for myself.

  315. Jessica Russell permalink
    January 6, 2011 1:01 pm

    When I first started running I was 206 pounds and I couldn’t run for more than 30 seconds. Now I have finished 2 marathons and lost 60 pounds, all the while working and raising twins. If I can do it, you can do it!

  316. Angie permalink
    January 6, 2011 1:24 pm

    I run so I am not a total bitch to be around. I run for me time. I run for my therapy session with my girlfriends!

  317. Anna permalink
    January 6, 2011 1:52 pm

    It does a better job of relieving stress than Zoloft! Plus, there are very few things that I actually can check off a list as “done”, so running gives me a sense of accomplishment.

    And totally not related to the posed question, but I’ve finally tried running skirts and I love it! I know I should say it’s because of the comfort of the skirt, but really it’s because I LOVE leaving the men in the dust when I wear it. It makes me feel like Wonder Woman.

  318. January 6, 2011 1:58 pm

    “Running is a microcosm for harnessing, fighting, and conquering life’s challenges. Every time I lace up the shoes and run, I learn a little more about who I am and the remarkable power I’m able to unleash both mentally and physically. If I were to hand you this new pair of Asics and let you run them from fresh to falling apart, your question would be “How come everyone doesn’t run”?”

  319. kat :) permalink
    January 6, 2011 2:02 pm

    I run because it keeps me healthy, skinny, sane, and a makes me a better mom. I mean really, why wouldn’t you run? 😉

  320. Kristin permalink
    January 6, 2011 2:50 pm

    I run to stay healthy…so that I am able to give my family more of me for the future.

  321. caryn permalink
    January 6, 2011 8:14 pm

    I run to give me time to think, breathe, and get away from work, stress, and even my kids. It keeps me sane.

  322. Arwen permalink
    January 7, 2011 6:19 am

    You get to leave the house for 45 minutes without your kids. Really, without your kids! And then you feel great for the rest of the day!!!

  323. January 7, 2011 7:13 am

    Running helps me to find sanity and calm in my chaotic world. I am stronger and healthier. I lace up my Asics for me, but my running benefits our whole family.

  324. sandra m. permalink
    January 7, 2011 9:34 am

    I would say, ” i run to get away, no pun intended! i can escape all the demands of being mom, care giver, and mate for one solid peaceful hour, not to mention actually finishing what i started all in one fell swoop.”

  325. January 7, 2011 11:17 am

    I run because it makes me a better person.
    I run because it gives me stories to tell.
    I run because if I didn’t run I’d be in therapy and on antidepressants (like I was before I started running).

  326. Heather permalink
    January 7, 2011 4:41 pm

    I run because a well-exercised Heather is a happy Heather. And if I am going to bother to take a shower, I might as well be stinky for a reason prior to the big wash (no sense in showering from just normal everyday stink). And I run because I want my girls to see that working out is important, healthy and part of everyday life… that makes everyone in the house happy.

  327. January 7, 2011 5:23 pm

    For my health!
    For too long I was the lazy fat girl. 60 lbs lost in a year and a half, 30 to go. I run to reach my healthiness goal.

  328. Julie permalink
    January 7, 2011 10:41 pm

    For the busy mom, running is the fastest way to sanity. Unlike drinking or knitting, running gives you a moment of adult thinking, a sense of accomplishment, and an excuse to indulge in a big piece of chocolate cake. Simply said, running will make you a happier person!

  329. January 8, 2011 11:43 am

    After I complete a run, I have the energy, motivation, patience, serenity, and stamina it takes to be a kick-ass mom. The endorphines and the private time on the road, remind me of who I am and allow me to be an example of health and inspiration to my children and my colleagues.

  330. Pattie permalink
    January 8, 2011 1:49 pm

    I run because I absolutely need to. It’s not a choice, it’s a daily requirement for my whole well being, nothing else clears my head like running. It makes me a better wife, mom, co-worker and friend.

  331. P nelson permalink
    January 9, 2011 6:33 pm

    Raining, crap.
    Cold, bummer.
    Go running, it I’ll make you feel better.

  332. January 10, 2011 9:38 am

    I run because I love it. It’s my stress relief, my time to think, my way to stay healthy. Besides my man & my little man, running is my life.

  333. RunnergirlPNW permalink
    January 10, 2011 3:52 pm

    I run because it’s my “me” time. It makes me feel good and keeps me skinny! 🙂

  334. Katy Cook permalink
    January 11, 2011 9:35 am

    I run because you always complete a run better off than you started and you never regret going for it. It manages stress and makes your whole body function better. It is a positive community of encouraging people!

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