• The Real (Selfish) Reason I Run…

    "One Person's craziness is another person's reality - Time Burton - The Real Selfish reason I runI get told almost constantly “I can’t run” ” I don’t see the point” “I don’t see how you do it…or why?” “why would you just run?” (among others, so I decided to address the real *selfish* reason that I run)

    Sure I am getting fit and yes it keeps me healthy… aren’t these selfish enough you ask?

    nope.

    I run because I want more time!

    I’ll explain…

    I am quite a productive person, so I like to think I can achieve a huge amount in an 8 hour working day and I can organise my week to accommodate all the things I need to get done…but that’s the problem…. When you get older you think of time in days, months, years, but when you are a child, a minute seems to last forever, an hour is basically the same as the whole day and time seems to go so slowly that you can never get anywhere or do anything fast enough – for you a year is a third or a fifth or a tenth of your lifetime! you can’t fathom any MORE time than that!

    But since getting older and having my own child I’ve learned that time is quick, there’s never enough of it and i just want it to slow down so I can take a moment!! I hate growing up (always have and I always will)Time is what we want most but what we use worst - The Real Selfish reason I run

    …and this is why I love running – a minute (or even 30 seconds) can feel like a lifetime when you are sprinting,  the last mile of a race (at the moment for me that’s under 9 minutes) makes you feel like you can’t carry on “how could I possibly last a whole 9 minutes” it feels never ending.

    Running is just like being a kid again, and it lets me make use of every second because, for me it slows time down! I am not squandering it and I am not trying to do more than one thing at once, I am completely in the moment and making the most of it for myself.

    It’s like never growing up! and when it’s over and you get back home again and you’re done… you’ve actually only taken half an hour, 40 minutes or an hour out of your day, but I walk away feeling like I have had an adventure and so I get to live so much more in the space of a single day!

    and if that makes me selfish, then so be it!!

    I run because I get to live so much more in a single day - The real (selfish) reason why I run

    Why do you run?

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49 Responses so far.

  1. This is such a unique way to look at it! I adore this. I haven’t gone running in ages and I miss that burning I CAN’T DO IT feeling, that ends in pure adrenaline and happiness.

    Be the author of your own story,
    Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

  2. HilLesha says:

    This is not selfish at all! It’s the perfect reason to run. I wish I was into running, but I’m more of a walker. 🙂

  3. Krysta says:

    Can I borrow some of your motivation? I would LOVE to get into a regular routine like this and run every day!

  4. I miss running. I really need to get myself out there again. this is a great reason to run.:)

  5. Eileen Kelly says:

    I am a walker. I walk fast. I used to run and I enjoyed it a lot. Unfortunately, for medical reasons I can no longer. I loved being able to accomplish a run in a certain amount of time.

  6. Emily says:

    What great reasons to run! I do not run but I love going on a good walk on a beautiful day!

  7. I love this post. I see what you mean about going on an adventure. I’m sadly in the camp that sees little point in running but that needs to change

  8. Stacey says:

    Swimming and hiking are my loves! We all need our own time and exercise is the best therapy.

  9. I would have never looked at running this way but you definitely give it a whole new perspective. I used to run when I was younger – maybe I should start again 😉

  10. karissa says:

    That’s a great reason to run. I don’t think it’s selfish at all to take a little time for yourself. It’s great for you to take that time.

  11. CourtneyLynne says:

    Ughhh I definitely wish I was more into running!!! My step mom does every race she can possibly sign up for!

  12. Jaime says:

    I love the way you look at it! I may have to start running now! LOL

  13. Heather says:

    Well, maybe I need to take up running! You are right, there is never enough time, and I am realizing that more than ever these days. And you are also right that running seems to take forEVer 🙂

  14. Brittany says:

    I love the quotes that you included in this post. I wish I could get into running.

    Southern Soul

  15. Megan mccoig says:

    This post is so nice to read. I feel the exact same. I use running to release stress and feel happier again 🙂

  16. These quotes & post are amazing!! It’s unreal what running does for your mind & how it can take you back & help you focus too. I used to run every day but fell out of the habit. It’s definitely much more than just exercise! Thanks so much for linking up with #candidcuddles x

  17. KRYSTLE COOK says:

    I can see how running would slow time down. When you are so tired and ready to quit it just drags on and on when you are running.

  18. Charlotte, what a cool way to think about things! I don’t run now, I used to though, and I remember that there were some minutes that couldn’t move fast enough for me. You are so in the minute when you run, there is nothing else going through your mind, but the pounding of your feet, the beating of your heart and the need to breath! How cool. Perhaps I need to find what it is that stops time for me like running does for you! I wanna be selfish too! LOL

  19. tp keane says:

    Glad you found your joy and it’s in something so healthy. I wish I could run, but back injuries will only let me walk.

  20. emma white says:

    I love this and think we all need to be more selfish at times

  21. Anosa says:

    I dont think you should feel guilty for your love of running and since it makes you happy.

  22. Erica Price says:

    I think running is a bit of a marmite thing. I’ve tried it, but I’ve only ever seen it as a means to an end: fitness/health. I now do yoga and walking, which suits me better.

  23. jill conyers says:

    I love this! As a long time runner this resonates with me as it would with many runners I’m sure. Love the quotes.

    I host a weekly link up Living a Life of Fitness Health & Happiness and I would love to have you join. You can check out last week’s link up here http://jillconyers.com/2016/03/how-to-stay-motivated-and-get-out-of-a-workout-rut/

    Thanks and have a great day!

  24. Fi Ni Neachtain says:

    It’s great that you enjoy running and get that feeling and freedom of being a kid again from it all. I can’t even run up the stairs at the moment, I don’t think I’ll ever be a runner myself but I commend people who do it.

  25. Kara says:

    I don’t run but I do love a refreshing walk by the sea or a swim. It is nice to have some me time

  26. Debra says:

    I love this. I can’t run, I have terrible asthma, but I do other things for this same reason!

  27. I don’t like running, I am a little bit lazy. But I am with you with the hating on growing up thing. I am graduating in May from college and just started my first ‘real job’ and its not that I hate it, but I hate the fact that now I need to act more like an adult and less like a kid haha

  28. Blythe A. says:

    I don’t run, though I tried to get into in the past. I don’t have the best lung capacity thanks to childhood asthma. But I do workout, and I do it for me. It is the best stress reliever and if that makes you selfish, then so be it. We all need time for ourselves.

  29. Vicky says:

    Running is not for me, but how awesome that you get so much out of it. I think everything needs to find something that gives them that feeling that you get.

  30. Rachel says:

    The William Penn quote is one I have on a fridge magnet and it is so true x

  31. Siniciliya says:

    I remembered my feelings when I used to run. I felt so organized and that I indeed had more time and energy. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us

  32. Kait says:

    I’ll admit, I’m one of those people that hates running, BUT! I make it a point to do it daily because it gives me time to collect my thoughts, plan out my day and get energized. Loved this post!

  33. I don’t think you are being selfish by running. No matter what your reasons, it’s always good to have a bit of me time to help you recharge. Great quote that really makes you think. #candidcuddles

  34. I would love to get into running!
    My plan is to get a great set of headphones and get some warm clothes and run to through the river valley. Life is too short and I would love to get more of it!
    Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  35. I don’t think it’s selfish at all if it’s helping you! When you’re at your best, you can be the best woman, friend, mom possible!

  36. I love this post and the idea behind it.

    Yes! Running feels like time has slowed down for me (both good & bad depending on the run).

  37. Lynn Spencer says:

    Absolutely well put! I love how you figured out that being in the moment is your best use of time and really makes you feel like you spent it wisely. Even though I’m not a runner, there is no reason I can’t take that same philosophy to other endeavors.
    Thanks for the new perspective!

    Hugs, LYnn

  38. Oh wow! I run so I can eat cake and only ever worry about finding the time, I never think of it as slowing time down, but yes when I think of your explanation – it’s amazing! I always say I don’t like running, but then worry when I have not found the time for a few days, such a contradiction! Great quotes xx #candidcuddles

  39. Your running and time analogy is fascinating…and so true! A few years ago I took up running and was amazed how long the minutes felt (in the beginning). I also feel accomplished in the duration of my running.

  40. I don’t think it is selfish to want some time to yourself hun after all you deserve it with all the hard work you put in!

  41. Mrs Taylor says:

    just love this quote #candidcuddles

  42. I think we could be friends, I feel exactly the same way about running. I forget about everything else, the ten thousand thoughts that are usually spinning through my head are all quiet and I feel free. I really struggled at the end of pregnancy when I couldn’t run as I felt like I had no outlet! I love that you made your own quote and a great one at that! Thanks for linking up with #CandidCuddles!

  43. Karen says:

    Love the idea of wanting more time. Running can make you feel like you are lost in time. I dont run as much as I want, but when I do its a great release.
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

  44. Rachel says:

    Time sure does go too quickly! I say this all the time, but I really do need to start running…

  45. Josie says:

    While I don’t run I appreciate the need for more time, maybe I’ll give it a try!

  46. That’s one of the reasons why I used to enjoy running too. But never ran marathons though… I do miss it. Maybe I’ll pick it up again one of these days 🙂 x

  47. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    I don’t run, but I do go to the gym. It is so important for me to have that alone time every day.

  48. Emma says:

    As long as it makes you happy then stuff what others think ey. I know what you mean about time speeding up. the weeks seem to be passing me by way to quickly :/

  49. Debbie says:

    Hi Charlotte, excellent! I was expecting the usual to get fit and feel good (which are both reasons I run), but never thought of it as slowing time down. Five minutes can seem like a lifetime!

    My selfish reason for running is to have some ‘me’ time; to be out of the house on my own and where nobody can bother me. But I do like your reason better!

    xx


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