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    For me, running has always been a meditative act.
    There is something uplifting about running along trails in the crisp evening with nothing but your thoughts and music playing in the background.

    I’ve been running since I was on the cross country team in elementary school –  about 7/8 years old.
    I haven’t stopped.
    I’ve been told that I’m a ‘natural’ runner.
    I can’t agree with this though.
    The thing about running is – anyone can do it.
    You really don’t need any special equipment.
    It’s so easy to run!
    Why don’t more people run then?
    I think it is perceived that you have to be able run multiple miles under a certain time without stopping to be considered a ‘runner’.
    Anyone can be considered a runner.
    So then, of course it’s hard to start something that seems unattainable.
    When I run, I don’t compare myself to others.
    I actually prefer to run alone.
    For me, running is all about attaining personal goals.
    No one else has to know about your goals!
    Running solo may not work for everyone – some find greater motivation in running groups/partners.
    And that is completely fine.
    Motivation is found in different places for different people.
    My motivation for running is multifaceted.
    I run to strengthen my lungs.
    I run to feel strong.
    I run to relieve stress.
    I run to be disconnected from the world for a bit.
    I run to enjoy the green scenery around me.
    I run to inspire myself.
    I don’t run to get to a certain weight or body fat %.
    I don’t think those are true motivators – they’re just added benefits.
    I believe my motivators will keep me running for the majority of the rest of my life.

    My advice:
    Find your own motivation. And run.

    One of my favorite running spots.
    One of my favorite running spots.


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