why i run


Why I Run, Jennifer Luitwieler

Why I Run


Since May 24, 2011, every Tuesday here has been all about you. The Why I Run series has its genesis in my interest in the stories my running buddies told me. The common denominator is running, but the reasons are as varied as snowflakes. Everyone has a story to tell about why we pull on our shoes, our goofy shorts, grab our gel packs and our water belts and hit the pavement. In sweltering heat. In bone breaking cold. We run. Why? Sometimes we ask ourselves that question while we’re out running. But, here, we tell the reasons, the real reasons: cancer, depression, fitness, fun, challenge. The fun part is, every reason is valid. We have found our Why.

To see a compilation of all the stories, click on the image to the right.

If you want to share your Why I Run story, send me an email (jennifer@jenniferluitwieler.com) with a few sentences about yourself and about your reasons. Many of the contributors have hemmed and hawed, saying, “But, I’m not a writer.” It’s all good; I have found that readers respond to honesty,, so I don’t spend a lot of time editing posts. I want you to be you.

I’ve even hosted stories about Why I Don’t Run, so if you walk, bike or swim, I will consider your story.

  • You don’t have to be fast.
  • You don’t have to be perfect
  • You don’t have to be a “writer”
  • You just get to tell your story
  • 400-700 words
  • one image
  • links/bio
  • have fun

Then, we pick a date and publish your story and share it with the Universe. Because, as Freddie Mercury says, We are the Champions, of the WORLD. Get your run on.