Runners enjoy certain perks that non-runners will never experience. In an hour, we can explore a national park or city that would take days to see if we weren’t running.
The process of exploration is much faster; it’s even helped me discover glaciers, hidden trails, and volcanos that I never would have seen.
But our love of running goes deeper than simply exploration and observing our surroundings.
Does it change us as people?
Does running improve other areas of our lives besides our fitness levels?
Of course it does!
Running connects us to a bigger, broader community that’s more supportive than any other. It teaches us that we’re capable of achieving more – we just need to continuously challenge ourselves.
All of us have different reasons for why we love this sport. Some do it for fun, others for the challenge, and some of us run to reduce stress.
Let’s explore our love of running, while highlighting some of the most beautiful places on the planet.
These are excerpts from 50 Quotes to Inspire You to Run Down Your Dreams, which you can download here for free.
“Running is MY time”
Many of us run for selfish reasons (and that’s ok). It’s our time to decompress, think, brainstorm, let off stress, and be free.
We can choose where, when, how far, and how fast we go on any given day. It’s our decision, and ours alone. How liberating is that?
These images and quotes reflect that freedom.
“Running… the ultimate test”
Your daily run isn’t just a time to de-stress from the day. It’s a challenge and an opportunity to test yourself.
How fast can you go? How far can you run? Just how strong can you get?
Testing your limits and becoming a stronger and faster version of yourself is what makes running so thrilling.
That, and wearing bright neon spandex. It’s the little things that make me smile…
“I can achieve anything”
Ask any runner if they can do something, and they’ll say YES.
Running 26.2 miles (or more)… Qualifying for Boston… Breaking another personal record…
There’s always a new goal to chase – and that’s what makes it so fun!
Running is better with friends
We know this intuitively, don’t we? These runners sure do:
“I love the friendship and companionship you experience while suffering through a hard workout with friends!” – Lorette
“I love that I have met such encouraging people in the running community. I love my time alone and I love time running with others.” – Eileen
“The running community has been such a support and inspiration. no one, not even the people who regularly get the 1st place medals, has ever made me feel like I am less of a runner, even though I am slower than a turtle in peanut butter. running has truly changed my life.” – Deniece
For me, running on a team for eight years in high school and college was one of the best experiences of my life. Many of my closest friends were teammates first. And I even met my wife Meaghan because of running!
Who will you meet next because of running?
As we celebrate the running community, I also want to celebrate THIS running community.
My only goal is to serve you with the best training, inspiration, and coaching resources to help you accomplish all of your running goals.
If you’re not already part of the SR community, I’d love for you to join us here (you’ll also get the free 50 Quotes to Inspire You to Run Down Your Dreams ebook). Running is better with a supportive group, after all.
Thanks for making Strength Running what it is today: a vibrant group of passionate runners.