Why do you run?
Do you know the answer to this question? Or do you feel stumped by it, wondering: 'Why indeed! I must be crazy to be doing this.'
When I started running twelve years ago, I did so because someone had told me running had given her peace of mind. I had just had my fourth child, and my interest was piqued. I was a fanatic anti-sports person, but 'peace of mind' sounded kind of good. The promise of peace of mind got me hooked on running.
Your motivation to run is your hook. You need a hook. Imagine hanging up your coat, but there's no hook on the wall. What does your coat do? It falls to the floor. It needs a hook. Just like you need to find the hook that motivates you to run. A hook is what gets you hooked! Simple isn't it?!
The hook that gets you out the door to go running, can change over the years. When I started out it was peace of mind. But now it's feeling healthy and keeping my body in shape. Peace of mind has taken a backseat. Though I don't know why, because it still sounds pretty good.
Some people need an external hook to run. Knowing they're expected at the start of a marathon in 6 months helps to get them out of bed, and go for a run. The drawback of external hooks, is that they expire. Once the marathon is run, you're left without a hook! Luckily there's always another running event to participate in.
Especially when you're taking your very first steps as a runner it's important to find your hook. Because that's what will make you a Runner.
What's your hook? Why do you run?