Runner without a cause

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I keep reading these blogs of runners preparing themselves for marathons. And by way of preparation for those magical 26.2 miles, they prepare themselves for 5k's, 10k's and so on. Clearly, these are runners with a cause, and I can't help but admire them for their determination and planning ability.

But they also make me question my own cause. Why do I run? What gets me out the door four times a week? Am I a runner without a cause?

I've been trying to find an answer to this question. My cause is not clearcut, and it can't be measured in miles or minutes. I suppose my cause as a runner is to find myself out there. Somewhere along the roads I run on.

Thát's what gets me out the door.

And that's my cause.

3 comments

  1. I'm one of those preparing for a marathon. I do not have a cause. I just keep doing it, and I'm not really sure why. I love to run, though, and I guess that's why.

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  2. I've been a runner without a cause for years...it was only after having kids that I started doing races. I like how I keep challenging myself with them, but at times I get stressed about meeting the training goals for it. And that's not what running should be about!

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  3. I know what you mean. Sometimes I don't know exactly why I run, just that I do and it feels good. :) Maybe that's enough.

    Thanks for adding me to your list! I'm following for sure!!

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