Why do you run, Shravan?

About Shravan

Welcome to a new blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

Shravan runs with the Morrisville Run Club (MRC), and that’s where I met him. He’s one of our faster runners, and has the most graceful running form you have ever seen. 🤣

Why did you start running?

I started running when I discovered how unfit I became over the years. I kept running when I realized what I’m still capable of.

What keeps you motivated?

It’s a sense of self worth that comes with the fitness. The fitness (both mental and physical) that running provides is what keeps me motivated.

What is the most important thing you’ve learnt as a runner?

That its never late for the mind to tame the body. That, Running is meditation and another means to get closer to Nirvana.

If you couldn’t run, what would you do instead?

Its hard to say, I would probably bike! I don’t know what else I would do with myself 🙂

What’s your biggest running goal?

Right now, it is to finish my 1st full marathon. Eventually, finishing the Boston Marathon.

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Why do you run, Amanda Headlee?

Amanda Headlee

About Amanda

Welcome to a new blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

Amanda works out of our office in PA. While she does visit our Durham office from time to time, we have not yet managed to schedule a run together. Until that happens, Amanda, and many other colleagues from across our sites, keep up with everyone’s activities in our Strava club.

Why did you start running?

There is something about being able to lose yourself while running that is so alluring. Up until 3 years ago, I was strictly a cyclist. Marathons were a pipe dream for one who could barely survive running a mile. I preferred cranking away on my bike than slapping my feet on the pavement.

Then 3 years ago I went through a life changing event that caused me to lose myself and my connection with the world. I found myself unable to concentrate while riding my bike, which the results of that could be quite deadly. And I lost my love for going to the gym and group exercises.

One day of feeling lost and incredibly out of shape, I went out for a walk in no specific direction and my body decided at one point to run. To this day I can’t tell you if I was running away or running towards something… and I honestly don’t care because it was in that moment I fell in love with running.

I have found that with running, I can escape quietly into my thoughts all the while pushing my body to limits that I never thought were achievable.

What keeps you motivated?

My heart and mind. Heart disease is unfortunately a threat in my family and I am sometimes afflicted by sadness. Cardiovascular exercises are the perfect medicine for both diseases as I plan to live happy and healthy well into my 100s.

What is the most important thing you’ve learnt as a runner?

That I am good enough.

If you couldn’t run, what would you do instead?

I’d probably be hardcore into cyclocross. At the moment I am struggling to find the balance between running, cycling, and writing. Cyclocross has been put on the backburner for marathon training.

What’s your biggest running goal?

Causeway Coast Marathon in September 2019! Maybe one day I will do a Tri… if I can get into swimming.

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Why do you run, Nila Garriga?

Nila Garriga

About Nila

First of all, welcome to a new blog series called “Why do you run?”. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I met Nila a couple of years ago on facebook when I asked if it was OK for a man to join what seemed like a ladies only running club called MRC (Morrisville Run Club).

Fortunately for me, men were allowed to join, and I have met up to run with the group regularly ever since. I did find out later I was held with some suspicion at the beginning. 🤣

Nila started the Morrisville Run Club along with Niles. I am indebted to them both for this wonderful community of runners who continue to inspire and push me forward.

Why did you start running?

I initially started running 20 years ago as I neared graduation from college and realized that I had added way too many pounds while there! I dropped the extra weight rather quickly after I began running, but during that time I realized how much better I also felt in so many ways.

I played sports all my life but never ran track. Upon realizing how much I actually enjoyed running, combined with all the added benefits, and that sports in the adult world just weren’t as easy to come by, it just made sense to keep going — and that’s exactly what I did.

20 years later I’m still going! So my main reason for sticking with it for so long is simply how good it makes me feel! I love the spike of endorphins after a run, how you sweat, how your heart beat speeds up, running out the front door knowing that I can be outside and in nature pushes me.

So to sum it all up, I run for my health and I run for my happiness.

What keeps you motivated?

I am reminded daily why I keep running. I have 2 kids and I want to live a long healthy life so I can be with them. I love playing outside with them and running around (l’m a kid at heart). I also know if I don’t run that I just don’t feel good – I get cranky, annoyed and my husband can even tell when I haven’t ran!

What is the most important thing you’ve learnt as a runner?

“Embrace your pace!” You simply can’t compare yourself to others and as a runner that is difficult not to do. I use to be so competitive with myself-running a ton of races, trying to be faster, etc. and while that was fun, as I’ve aged as a runner I realize that it’s okay for me to just enjoy running for what it is.

Although I use to run a 7:30 pace, it’s okay that I don’t do that anymore. Maybe it’s a maturity thing, but it has made me enjoy running more!

If you couldn’t run, what would you do instead?

Freak out!!!! Seriously! I’ve done a triathlon, tried to do more swimming, joined gyms, rode my bike, attended group workout classes and nothing simply compares to running.

I certainly know that if there is a reason that I can’t run again, I will have to pursue other workout avenues — fingers crossed I don’t have to!

What’s your biggest running goal?

I want to be that woman with a grey pony tail running down the road. I don’t have any pace goals, race goals, or personal goals. Like I said, I just enjoy running for exactly what it is!