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Why do I run?

I ran track and field while I was in high school. Every run over 400 meters (that’s a lap in the stadium!) I considered an endurance run! I stopped doing track and field when I started college and didn’t take up running again for something like 7/8 years maybe.

About 10 years or so ago (time is blurry…), I had a virus infection that left me exhausted for 6 months. After consulting several doctors, the last one recommended to take up walking outside as part of the healing process. So, I started walking. After the virus passed, I changed the walking to running and then had the CRAZY idea of running a 5k. Can you imagine, running 5km, 5000 meters!! That was a CRAZY distance then. I trained for it, ran it and had the biggest smile on my face for 2 weeks after the race. (The next time I had such a big smile was when I finished a marathon! Talk about CRAZY!!).

After that race I kept running and noticed how it calmed me down, de-stressed me and just made me feel better. So, I figured RUNNING IS CHEAPER THAN THERAPY, so I kept running. Since my first 5k, I run every year for a charity. And there is no better way of combining something you love doing that’s good for you and helps others, too.

My favorite run in the Bay Area?
I am lucky. I live next to a trail and can go out and play run away from traffic anytime I like really. With bridges around I can run a variety of distance loops. There are beautiful locations in the Bay Area (maybe even prettier than ‘my’ trail), but having this at your doorsteps is perfect!

Why do you run?

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