Every runner have to answer the question of why we do it to those who ask, but more pertinently to ourselves. For me the answer looks a little different every time. Yes, I do it because it makes me feel good. (Usually after the first 10 minutes or so. I remember when I could just take off and run any time anywhere. The good young days…)
I do it because I like to explore. I run because it keeps me healthy. I run because it gives me energy. Depending on who is asking and why, these are good answers and they are all true. Maybe truer is that I run because I like to prove to myself that I still got it. I can still keep up with the younger guys. I am still good enough for a marathon / ultra-marathon. I am not particularly proud of this motive. Ultimately I know that this body will give out. It is fragile and will not last. One of my friends who are about my age suffered kidney failure during this year. He used to travel to many places for his work and help others. Now he is helpless himself and weak. He has to go for dialysis twice a week. It could have been me.
Romans 11: 36 says: “For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.”
The strength and ability to run is from God. The will to live and to run is through Him. And the best reason to run is to do it for Him. May my running bring Him glory!