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A Running Guide for the Overweight Runner

There is a man that runs around my town all of the time carrying himself with no evidence of being tired. You may see him out at the park r...


Driven. Runner Insecurities. Open Ended post.


What drives you?

I do a lot of thinking while running and I do believe that it is the best time for me to think. I think about a lot of things.

I think of…

…things I need to do during the day.
…things that I see while running.
…things that I struggle with.
…things that I am striving for.
…my wife.
…my job and ministry.
…my life as a whole.
…things that I can do to be better.
…things that I can do to do better.
…things that I can do to become who I am meant to be.
…who I am meant to be.

There is a lot that goes on in a runner’s mind.

Whoever said running is easy is not a runner. Yes, the physical aspects of running may be easy, but as I’ve told you before – running is more mental than anything.

I question myself when running.

Can I really make it that far?
Why did I take this road – that’s another half mile now?!
Should I stop and walk?
Does my ankle really hurt or is that the easy way out?
Are you really cut out for a half-marathon?

This is just some of it. All runners may not question themselves, but I will tell you that people who have lost a significant amount of weight do have the questions.

With former overweight people - there is so much more attached to the running than just the running.

At the end of the day though, when all has been said and done – after the 1 min run, 2 min run, 5 min run, 20 min run, 5k, 10k, half-marathon, or marathon has been ran – the question still remains…what drives you to do what you do?

I've written several times about what Fit With a Purpose means to me and why I do what I do...

...but the question is still for you to answer.


What are you driven by?


Patrick said...

Drien, I amdriven by what I do not want to see happen... I don't want to miss out on seeing my grand children graduate high school, college and get married... don't want look in the mirror anymore and wonder what on earth is it that my wife sees in me... and I have more 'dont wants' that drive me.

Tara said...

I am driven by the dying curiosity of "can I?"

Can I run farther?
Can I run faster?
Can I lose more weight?
Can I get stonger?
Can I swim another lap?
Can I get to Onederland?
Can I succeed?
Can I continue if I don't succeed?
Can I do a triathlon?
Can I get out of bed and live my life?

Mad Woman said...

- my children and seeing them grow
- improving my health
- losing the second person that I have been carrying around
- looking good for my husband
- being stronger
- dropping into the 200s and then the 100s

Patsy said...

I'm driven to bring up my daughter to be healthy and have a healthy attitude towards food and exercise.

Sayre said...

I'm an older mom. My boy is about to start middle school. I do not want to be mistaken for his grandma.

therightfit said...

What drives me is that:
- exercise conquers my depression
- I want to see how fit I can get
- I want to look younger than I am
- I don't want any aches and pains and pills and illnesses when I get older

Those are just a few!

Helen said...

I said this on a postcard to Jack Sh*t's W.I.D.T.H. but it remains:

I want to be the person the people who love me think I am.

I am my own harshest critic. These people love me and appreciate me and give me all the credit in the world. I really just want to live up to that. To be that person.

Kat said...

I think quite a bit when I run too. I am driven to be the best that I can be and to be kind to myself and others. I am driven to become as fit as possible. Great post - thought provoking!

Miz said...

My daughter.

pure and simple.

Jess said...

I'm driven by knowing that I'm meant to do something, to serve, with a greater purpose, for the greater good. And I need to tell my story. Even if it inspires only ONE person to change their life, that means I've succeeded.

And I'm driven to live longer so I can do things that I want to do. Like travel the world and visit all 7 continents. Like running a marathon on 6 continents (if they have them). Like scuba diving as many oceans and lakes as I can.

Running is definitely tough, mentally and physically. And sometimes I'll forget what I think about on my runs. But most of the time, it IS about why I'm doing this. Or if I can run further. Or how much I've got left. Or why I'm putting myself through this. Or if I can still hammer out a mile. It's about pushing my limits. I do it to prove to myself that I am capable. I am driven out of self-respect. I can't be loved until I love myself. And in order to love myself, I must love my body. So I train, work, and live healthy in order to give my mind and body the love it deserves.

To be the best Jess I can be.

Mary (A Merry Life) said...

I'm driven by the need to be the best that I can. I'm driven to live up to the potential others see in me.

Staci Dombroski said...

I am driven by pushing myself and living a healthy lifestyle!