Why do I run? I’ve asked myself that several times throughout the year, but even more so in the last seven days while I’ve been fasting along with my church, Victory. We do this every year and I’ve always used it as a time to reflect on what I’ve done in the past year and my motivation to continue doing things from then. The fasting helps me reassess my relationship with God, with family and friends, with work, and with material things. In 2010 this website KikayRunner.com was inspired and created after such a fasting period and it’s been a blessing ever since. So it makes sense to dig deep into what motivates me to run.
Is it for personal fulfillment? Is it to inspire others? Is it for public accolade and recognition? Is it for God’s glory? Answering these questions at times throughout the year gives me a reality check and brings me back down to earth whenever I start losing my grasp on why I do what I do and start focusing on merely doing it (which makes it a soulless exercise).
I’ve heard that the running boom is somewhat losing steam; perhaps it’s caused by bandwagoners beginning to ask themselves why they run races and spend so much time, money, and thought life on it.
If you’re still running, ask yourself the question: why do you run? You can post your answer here below, or leave a link to your own blog entry if you think it needs more space. After seven days, I will select the most well-thought out answer and will award the writer ONE FREE REGISTRATION to any local race from February to June 2012.
Hope to hear from you!