Why I Run: Nicole’s Story 4

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The story of how I got started running, and why I continue to do so, are two very different tales.

How I got started: I have always been an athlete. In high school I played volleyball, basketball, and softball. I swam, hiked, and cycled. Anything that could be called a sport I participated in, except running. Running was a punishment often used by my coaches. If I missed a basket I ran a killer. If I botched a play I ran a lap. Running wasn’t something that I associated with pleasure.

Then I went off to college. I was no longer part of a team. I didn’t have to show up to practice every day, and while I thoroughly enjoyed intramural sports and hiking around Lake Superior, I missed the daily regimen of physical activity. In order to stay in shape I started running. Much to my surprise I discovered that I loved it. I didn’t need to find other people who could play, I didn’t need any equipment, I didn’t have to wait for a court to open; all that I needed was a pair of shoes and a sense of adventure. (shorts, socks, and t-shirt are always good choices as well)

I loved running so much that I decided to try out for the college cross country team. Miracle of miracles, I made the team.

That moment marked the beginning of a whole new phase of my life, one in which I referred to myself, with pride, as a runner.

Why I continue: Now that college is a distant memory, and I stay at home with my son, running has become so much more than a great form of exercise. It is a time to organize and process my thoughts. It is a stress reliever. It is a time to leave everything else behind and be me. Running gives me a daily sense of having accomplished something. I finished my very first marathon this weekend and even though I really hurt today, I am incredibly happy. Running makes me feel like I can do anything.


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4 thoughts on “Why I Run: Nicole’s Story

  • Andrea Cumbo

    Yep, here I am, wishing I loved to run for all the great reasons you enumerate, Nicole. . . . biking. . . must start biking. 🙂  Thanks for that . . . and I’m so glad you mentioned the shorts and t-shirts because I think it’s streaking, not running, without those. 🙂

  • Bethany

    Love this. Nicole is one of my new Twitter buddies. I grew up playing sports but hating running. Now that I’m married with 4 sons, running is my only peace…and the great equalizer in my life! Thanks for sharing!

  • Tom Stone

    Too bad there was not a cross country team at the time in High School. You would have been great. You remind me of the scene in “Last of the Mohecans where they are chasing the deer.