The “Why” Behind my Race: My Reasons for Running a Half-Marathon

The “Why” Behind my Race: My Reasons for Running a Half-Marathon
December 6, 2016

A good friend asked me the other day “Why are you doing a race?  What do you need to prove?  Plus, you know running is not the healthiest form of exercise – especially after 50.”

Wow!  Great questions!  I don’t consider myself a runner but running somehow has always been very attractive to me.  It’s the one thing I have never been able to accomplish consistently.  Running doesn’t come easy for me, I’m super slow, my legs feel heavy and it’s not even helping me burn fat.  So why the heck did I sign up for a 13.1-mile race?

Here’s the selfish part of my WHY:

  • Running is a challenge for me and it’s also a gift. It’s my gift to myself, to my business, to my family and to my soul.
  • Every time I finish a practice run I feel powerful. When I feel powerful everyone around me benefits.
  • I know that increasing my athletic performance well into my 50’s will inspire others to get moving. It has also inspired my second book.
  • To get into my best shape/performance after 50, I had to improve my diet and lifestyle. I finally had a reason to go 100% plant-based and I’m thriving.  I’m healthier, my body is lighter, I sleep even better, and I have (at a minimum) doubled my energy.

Here is the deeper WHY:

I run for all the young single mothers that are battling the trenches to make a good life for their babies, they are working more than one job, they are going to school, and they are sacrificing their youth for their offspring.  They are admirable, strong, and resilient.

Running for a cause is powerful.  When I want to quit, I think about my daughter and everything she is going through in her path to independence. Suddenly the pain subsides, I smile, and I can run faster.

I run for what you represent, my dear Ana Sofia Ferrer.

Watch me finish the Philly Love Run Half Marathon with pride and in the best health of my life.  You don’t want to miss this one. It’s on March 26th.

I’ll be sharing my more about my journey.  Stay tuned.

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Posted in Health/Fitness, Mindset by Mari Pizarro