Some people run to lose weight. Others do it because they have dreams of receiving a marathon medal. And some just run to get some time out of the house – or away from the kids! We asked 14 Polar Ambassadors to answer the seemingly simple – but often revealing – question, “Why do you run?”
Why i run
“I run for my fitness. I run to encourage others to run. I run because I feel better when I’m healthy, which helps me be a better mom, wife, coach, teacher, and friend.” –Vicki Vandergriend, Hastings, NE
“I run so I can keep up with my kids!” –Vladimir Aronsky, Long Island, NY
“For 30 years, I said I couldn’t run. Now I run to remind myself that I can.” –Tera Norberg, Cranston, RI
“I run to burn off the crazy. I run it helps my mind become clear and focused. I run because I like cake, and cake goes to my butt. I run to raise awareness of my personal passions. I run because it feels good. I run because I’m afraid of dying of something preventable. I run because others can’t – or won’t. I run because I can.” –Steve Williams, Raleigh-Durham, NC
“I run for the cardio and the calorie burn, as well as the sense of accomplishment, and to prove to myself that I can do something.” –Aida Ingram, Clayton, NJ
“Running is as much a part of my life as every other necessity. I love to run as much today as I ever have – maybe even more. It’s part of my identity.” –Rich Dafter, Albuquerque, NM
“I run because I know so many that cannot and would love to be able to. At times when I’m in the ‘run zone,’ I don’t really think about anything – but at the same time, all my everyday worries are gone. It’s almost like a religious experience. After I’m done, I believe running helps me better deal with work, people, and life. I’m more understanding and patient with my friends, coworkers, kids, and kids I coach.” –Brian Manners, Robbinsville, NJ
“I run to experience new places, and to have the opportunity to meet new people. Running also helps my addictions to coffee, doughnuts, and pizza!” –Chris McCaffrey, Jacksonville, FL
“I feel most free, relaxed, and in tune with myself when I’m out running. I run to explore, to get faster, and to go further. I run to test myself. And lately I’ve seen the same joy running brings me in my daughters – so more than anything, running is a time to share with them.” –Calum Neff, Katy, TX
“I run to lose weight. I have lost 141 pounds with the support of my Polar M400. It helps me track my fitness workouts and relearn how to eat correctly after surgery. Polar has kept my workouts balanced, while my support system – my wife, family, friends, and social media community – has encouraged me along the way. Now that I’ve hit my goals, I’ve put new ones in place to lean up and build muscle – and to get out and run in front of people for the first time!” –Tom Parks, Monroe, MI
“I run for those that cannot, and for those that want to be runners but who may not be out there yet. I run for my Autistic running buddy, Carly, and I run for myself, because no one can take away the amazing feeling you get when you just let go and hit the road to free yourself from the stress of the world.” –Tambra Means, Tallahassee, FL
“Simple: I run for joy.” –Melanie Chapman, Omaha, NE
“I run to fire up my central nervous system, to increase my endurance, and to challenge myself. I always try to beat my personal best.” –Aldin Dautovic, Waterloo, IO
“My father died of a heart attack at 46. I’m 51. You do the math.” –Dave McGovern, Long Island, NY
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