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#WhyIMove: Running to find myself – Erika

“Why do you run (so much)? This is  a question I get asked regularly, often followed by a comment along the lines of “I only run if I’m being chased.” I run because I have to. It’s become so much a part of me that I don’t know who I’d be without it. But this […]

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#WhyIMove: Running is a Journey- Jessy S.

In my head, I’m a new runner. In reality though? I’ve been running for more than four years. So why the discrepancy? Because for most of that time, I never considered myself a “real runner”. To be honest…sometimes I still don’t! I came across a photo the other day, a photo I took after my […]

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#WhyIMove: Transformative Power Through Meaningful, Intentional Motion – Shoshi R.

My Story: Before I even turned 30, I found myself as a twice-divorced single mother of three working two jobs: night-shift at a “water-treatment” plant (just a euphemism for a sewage plant–real glamorous, huh?) and researcher/investigator/fact checker for a privately-owned genealogy foundation (where I was constantly being reprimanded for lapsing into my first and former […]

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#WhyIMove: Born to Run- Kriste P.

    ‘What are you running from?’ My mother used to ask me this whenever I’d go jogging on weekend visits home from college. It had been easy enough for her to accept my habit in childhood—racing through the streets with friends as kids and sweating it out on track and field hockey teams in […]

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#WhyIMove: No Longer the Designated “Non-Runner”- Emily H.

We were in the first quarter mile of a Monday evening Achilles workout in Wash Park and I turned to my running buddy Jessica and asked, “You know when I like running?”  She turned to me and responded, “When the weather’s nice?” “No,” I said, “I like running when I’m not running.” That statement pretty […]

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#WhyIMove: Story of a Survivor- Dye S.

When I was 13, I tried to end my life. After multiple failed attempts, I gave up. Angry, frustrated and confused, I wanted to know why I kept failing. I’m a type-A all the way, so there was frustration all around. It wasn’t until weeks after my last attempt that I realized I was saved […]

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#WhyIMove: Therapy to My Soul -Lauren B.

I don’t think this is your typical “why I run” story.  I’ve thought a lot about how I would convey my journey to others. I was recently asked why I run and it took some time for me to put all the pieces together and weave them into the story below. As a child, I was not […]