From the outside, running might seem like a pretty basic sport, maybe even boring. If you’re not a part of the running community, I can totally understand why you would see it that way.
But really, it’s so much more than what most see on the surface, because every runner, no matter how long they’ve been at it or how fast or slow their pace is, has a reason for lacing up their sneakers and hitting the road.
And for most it’s not just one reason, but many. Me personally, I run because I truly, genuinely enjoy it. I run because it keeps me healthy. I run because it helps me de-stress. I run because I love being active. I run because I love to eat. I run because it sets a good example for and inspires others.
Plus, there’s the sense of community, camaraderie and just general bad-assery (yes that’s a word) among all runners that takes the sport to an entirely different level. When you experience it—like when you’re running your first race ever, helping a friend reach one of their big running goals or cheering on a marathon—it gets your adrenaline pumping, it causes your heart to swell and sends chills up and down your spine. It’s truly inspiring. At least that’s how it makes me feel, and these are all some of the reasons why I decided to run the 2016 NYC Half Marathon with Team for Kids …