Ive always liked running and have always been fairly fit, Ive always wanted to be a super fit athlete on a professional level or a sports star in great condition but unfortunately i wasnt blessed technically enough and the sheer dedication just wasnt enough! my limitations technically never stopped my competitevness or my happiness at just being able to get out there and run around til my legs ached and enjoy the many friendships i made along the way with similiarly gifted individuals lol.
i admire the real dedication of professional athletes and i appreciate the hard slog that they have pushed on themselves, long hard days and nights in strange places often with no recognition and no funding, but still they persevere with the profession that chose them.
The emotion i loved to see in sport was personified by irish athletes and profesional sports stars when i grew up in the 90s, from sonia osullivans heroic efforts for gold to steve collins memorable nights in mill street and the many,many nights i cried tears of laughter/sadness watching the Irish soccer team. schillaci, bergkamp and alan mcloughlin gave me restless nights as a lad!!
All the way through these times and up to now and especially the last 18 months ive kept the running going, im 36 now and ran my first marathon in Dublin city in october 2018..
Why do I run? As a relatively new entrant to the bigger miles (anything over 10miles) I was asked this question recently and had to think hard about this,
i run because I love the freedom it brings me to think,
I run because I can solve lifes little problems on mile 7 and feel great about it,
I run because it relaxes me and when im finished im tired and hungry but i feel like ive accomplished something for me,
I run because it keeps me physically fit so i can enjoy chasing my beautiful energetic children and not be exhausted after a couple of mins!!
I run to try better myself slightly in terms of times,distances and also see different landscapes in different counties,provinces and countries!
I run because it gives me sheer joy in so many aspects of my life.
Why do you run?