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Reaching your running goals can be a huge pick me up.  That feeling you get when you cross the finish line or get a new personal best, after working hard for weeks, or even months, it’s priceless. 

Most of us set running goals for ourselves.  We hope to improve, to see progress.  We want to get better, faster, stronger, go farther, etc.. 

Running takes effort.  It can be hard work.  Most of us do the work because we want to get something back.  We do it for all of the wonderful benefits it brings.  Here are just a few:

  • the runner’s high brought on by increased endorphins,
  • stress release or stress management,
  • improved cardiovascular health,
  • better muscle tone,
  • increased muscle, bone, and mental strength,
  • more stamina,
  • weight loss or weight management,
  • reduced risk of disease

Mostly, we run because it allows us to feel and look amazing.  When we feel and look amazing, we’re happier, healthier people.

But as runners, it’s not only about what we get in return.  When we run, we’re also giving something back.  We’re making our lives better, but we’re also improving the lives of those around us. When we feel good, our attitude improves and so do our interactions and relationships with others.  Those around us benefit because we’re happier, saner people.    

Not only that, no matter our level or experience, our cheerful moods and enthusiasm for running inspires others to give running a go.  Those who aren’t runners want a taste of it.  We even inspire other runners to run more or be better versions of themselves.  Therefore, they too benefit. 

Some of us have even made the shift from running for ourselves and instead mostly run for others. 

We aim to support, motivate, or inspire our teammates or those around us.  Seeing others get better can be even more gratifying than running for ourselves.  Sharing running with others makes our lives and theirs richer. 

A few of you out there even run for a cause while fundraising for charity.  You not only put in the work to achieve your running goals, you also donate time, energy, and funds for a cause you believe in.  You give back by sharing your good running vibes with those who are less fortunate.

Nonetheless, for whatever reason we run, to me, it’s not about what running does for us or how our lives have changed.  It’s about the numerous lives we’ve brightened along the way.  And to that, I say, let’s keep on running!

If you’d like to join us in our mission to give back by spreading the love of running, please get in touch.   You can also sign up with JustGiving.nl to raise money for your favorite cause.  It’s simple and free.

Why do you run?  Tell us in the comments below.  We’d love to hear from you!

Laurie Villarreal

Laurie’s an accomplished endurance athlete and has been running since 1998. She’s the founder of House of Running and a professional Running Coach, a certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Health & Wellness Coach. Laurie’s trained and worked with nearly 1000 runners since 2010. She’s a master in her field with over 10,000 hours of run coaching experience. Laurie helps ambitious professionals make running part of their healthy lifestyle through on-on-one online coaching and fun group training programs. She has a unique holistic approach to running, helping her runners think beyond running to realize their running dreams. Read more about Laurie here.

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