Running captured my heart in 1998 – and I’ve been running nearly every day since I tied my first pair of running shoes.
The comaraderie of a team made grueling workouts and high mileage tolerable.
The accountability of a coach allowed me to push harder than I could have alone.
The objectivity of racing taught me more about myself than any other sport.
And this incredible sport introduced me to my wife, best friends, and has given me a career that lets me help tens of thousands of runners just like you accomplish their biggest goals.
That’s what Strength Running is all about: helping you achieve faster race times with fewer injuries and more enjoyment.
There are, of course, other reasons why we love running. When I asked you about those reasons, this is what you told me:
“I feel such a sense of freedom and happiness. Not looking or acting my age is a definite bonus!” – Marilyn
“The burn in your muscles after pushing yourself to the limit. Nothing like it.” – Barry
“Just the knowledge that I could go run 10 miles any old time I wanted.” – Cabe
“Not looking my age.” – Colleen
“Having the time to myself; feeling the air and observing the surroundings” – Cristina
“The feeling of accomplishment when I cross the finish line!” – Marilyn
Many of the reasons why the SR community loves running can be seen in the free digital book 50 Quotes to Inspire You to Run Down Your Dreams (along with 50 drool-worthy photos from around the world).
But today, I want to expand our understanding of running by asking professional runners why they love running.
Sure, they get paid to run. But is that why they love it? Let’s find out.
Max King: “Adventure, speed, and simplicity at its finest”
Max King is the Renaissance Man of professional runners. Just look at a brief glimpse of his resume:
- 6th place, 2012 Olympic Trials 3,000m Steeplechase
- 1st place, 2011 & 2012 USATF Trail Running Championships
- 4th place, 2014 Western States 100 mile endurance run
- 1st place, 2012 XTerra Trail Running National & World Championship
- 1st place, 2011 IAAF World Mountain Running Championship
- 1st place, 2014 Warrior Dash World Championship (don’t miss our interview!)
So, why does Max King love running? Here’s his answer:
Well put Max!
David Roche: Simplicity, Purpose, Structure
David Roche is an animal on the trails. A member of Nike Trail Elite, David is a two-time USATF trail running national champion. Oh, and he’s a full-time attorney on top of being a professional runner.
In all of his free time, David writes a monthly column for Trail Runner Magazine and was named the 2014 US Sub-Ultra Trail Runner of the Year.
Let’s find out why he loves running:
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Andy Wacker: “I love running because of cooperation”
Andy Wacker is one of the best trail and mountain runners in the world. A few of his noteworthy accomplishments:
- 2nd place, 2015 World Mountain Running Long Distance Championships
- Olympic Marathon Trails qualifier (multiple times)
- 1st place, 2015 USATF Trail 50k National Championships
- 1st place, 2014 and 2015 Mt. Evans Ascent
- 1st place, 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon
- 1st place, 2014 USATF Colorado 10k Championships
- 1st place, 2013 USATF Colorado 5-mile Championships
I interviewed Andy after he placed 2nd at the 2015 USATF Mountain Running Championships and his enthusiasm and love for running was clear to me. The podium finishes are great, but why does Andy really love running?
Here’s what he told me:
Yes, everyone in the running world is pretty awesome!
Amelia Boone: “It’s my sanity”
Amelia Boone is a force of nature. She’s not only a full-time attorney for Apple, but the most dominant female obstacle course athlete in history.
Moreover, she usually beats 99% of men in every race she enters. Her performances include:
- 30+ victories (and 50+ podium finishes)
- 2013 Spartan Race World Champion
- 2012 Spartan Race World Championship 2nd place overall (only 8 minutes behind the male winner)
- 2012, 2014, and 2015 World’s Toughest Mudder Champion
- 3x finisher of the Death Race
So why does an athlete who admits she’s “really good at suffering” love running?
Well put! If you’d like to keep up with Amelia’s adventures, follow her on Instagram.
Why do YOU love running?
Many of us love running for different reasons. Maybe you love the feeling of running up a single-track trail on the side of a mountain. Or, you enjoy the active lifestyle running provides.
Or maybe you love its weight loss benefits or your cherished “me time.”
No matter why you love running, there will always be a new trail to explore, another race to enter, or simply a new morning to enjoy a solo run around your neighborhood.
I’d love to hear why YOU love running, too. Leave your reason in the comments below!