Why I’m running the Cleveland Marathon

Editor’s note: the clock is winding down for the Cleveland Marathon. Right now, it’s just under three days away. We hope you’ve enjoyed the marathon advice Hylanders have been providing (here and here and here). We have one last piece of advice to publish tomorrow.

Good luck to everyone running, and if you’re at the marathon, come see us in booth 719!

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It is that time of year, Cleveland Marathon time. Well, in my case, the half marathon.

Several years back, after the slowest jog over the finish line of the Chicago Marathon, I decided I was going to be a halfer-girl for my remaining running years. It is about time for me to run my annual 13.2 miles, which also means I have started training to do so. If you call running a few times a week and maybe throwing a 6-miler in on the weekends training.

But hey, that is training for me!

I have been a consistent runner for about the last 20 years. Initially, I started running because it burns lots of calories. And burning calories = weight loss. That is not the case anymore, not that I don’t still burn a lot of calories, but the weight loss doesn’t come with it and really isn’t my goal or motivation.

Someone recently asked me …

“Why do you run?”

I run because it keeps me sane, or as sane as I can be. I know this doesn’t just apply to me, nor am I the first to talk about it. As with every workout, but especially with running, there are several reasons why I do it:

It gives me time to just think.

Clears my mind.

Releases stress.

Makes me a better person.

Chases away the crabbiness.

Makes me a better mom, friend, co-worker, etc.

Makes me productive. Seriously … I get so much more done after a good run!

It also makes me eat, a lot!

My children know this too. They can tell; they sense my irritation increase when the day is moving along and I have yet to break a sweat. Oftentimes, they are the ones pushing me out the door.

“Please Mom, you just need to go workout. Please go do something!’

They – Grace (14), Wyatt (12), Jesse (8) Mae (5) – are main motivators as to why I run. My hope is that over time they may want to join me, as for now though, they are pushing me out the door.

Generally, I work out six to seven days a week. At the minimum, I need three of those workouts to be a run.

I need that sweat.

The banging of my knees.

The loud music.

The blisters.

The heart rate increase.

The burn of sweat dripping in my eyes.

The mind games.

The thought wandering.

The negotiations I make with myself along the way.

Motivation

Running, at times, can be the hardest thing to gear myself up for, but those usually end up being the best runs. And other times, I just pop right up and go.

But nothing tops that feeling of being done. It doesn’t matter if it is a quarter of a mile or 26.2. When I have that distance in my head that I am going to do, hitting cool down on the treadmill or the buzz of the watch telling me I have hit that distance is pure satisfaction. A double strike through on my list of things to do. One that cannot be compared to many others on the accomplishment rating.

It has taken me years to call myself a runner. But regardless of my pace or distance, I am just that, a runner, and I am grateful.

* This blog post was originally published at Team Acceptance.

Liz Simon

Liz Simon

Liz Simon has been with Hyland for 10 years, assisting executives with their time and schedules. When she is not chasing them around, she is managing the schedule of her four children, leading events in her community, working out and running. Her mission is to stay sane each and every day.

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