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We Asked 60 Reddit Users Why They Run, Here’s What They Said…

We asked the question ‘How do you reply when people ask why you run?’

These are the responses we received!

How do you reply when people ask, “why do you run?” from running

2ndprize 68 points 1 month ago
Because I got fat and need to unfat

[–]_how_can_she_slap 56 points 1 month ago
Hopefully I don’t get crap for this, but the honest answer would be:
So I can eat what I want

[–]Dunkman77 13 points 1 month ago
This is definitely the answer to why I run 40 miles a week instead of 20.

[–]BlueShoeLover 11 points 1 month ago
I don’t run so I can eat more, I run so I don’t have to eat any less!

[–]esjay_ 8 points 1 month ago*
I think for a lot of people this is the common answer. or as a slight variation “because I eat too much”

[–]everettmarm 5 points 1 month ago
This. Either eat like I want to and be fat, or eat like I want to and be thin. Only difference is running.

[–]Msjann 3 points 1 month ago
Same here. I run so I can eat cupcakes..

[–]Bazzatherunner 1 point 1 month ago
But you can’t!!! You will have to run an awfully long way to eat whatever you want!

[–]mvmntsofthemind 1 point 1 month ago
I like to think of it like money. I can afford to eat anything I want, just not everything. (although I personally believe you can’t outrun a bad diet, even if you are fit, you will be unhealthy.) I still eat junk a lot.

[–]BB-ATE 20 points 1 month ago
Because it’s cheaper than therapy.

[–]hello-turmeric 18 points 1 month ago
Do people really get asked that question???
If someone were to ask, I would probably say, “for my mental health, to help me lose weight, and because I enjoy it.”

[–]fantasticraig 3 points 1 month ago
I get asked that a lot, but mostly because a lot of people assume its just something people use to lose weight and don’t get why a skinny dude would be doing it.

[–]lexish 3 points 1 month ago
I think I’ve only been asked this once, by my in-laws. They (and my husband) only do exercise that is competitive, and “just” running makes no sense to them. I like all your reasons, and would only add “because I don’t have to be competing with anyone.” 😛

[–]hello-turmeric 3 points 1 month ago
Yes – I also like the “competing against myself” quality of running.

[–]agentoneal 2 points 1 month ago
No one has ever asked me that and I started about 6 months ago. Save from my wife, who I just blatantly tell that I’m running because I want to be healthy, no one seems to care :/

[–]spyder9179 31 points 1 month ago
Because I’ve grown fond of this planet, and I want to stay here as long as I can.

[–]WallaceCizz 5 points 1 month ago
I second this. I am going on vacation today, one of the things I am most excited about is the ability to run along a new part of the world and enjoy being lost in the beauty of nature.

[–]ryangoesrunning 14 points 1 month ago
I just felt like running. Most people get the reference.

[–]TheOnlyCaveat 5 points 1 month ago
I’ve tried saying this before in his voice and I just sounded like an idiot. Maybe because I’m female, I dunno. It did not work.

[–]azer89 2 points 1 month ago
gotta find bubba!

[–]qn_amaidala 10 points 1 month ago*
In the workplace, I say that I run because it helps me destress and gives me the opportunity to meet people. To close friends, I say that I run because it saved me from deep depression and gave me another purpose in my life. Running allows me to focus in the moment and strive for a short-term goal. I completed my first 5k two weeks ago. I had been training myself for about three weeks prior to the run date. Within a week, I noticed immediate difference in the way the pain/stitch started to recede. Over time, I started to stop less and run for longer distances. I had never been the athletic type growing up, but running my first 5k (in 28 min and 33 secs!) taught me a lot about myself and my rebounding ability to be resilient. Running has allowed me to connect with people in the workplace and in society. I am mostly introverted and when placed in social settings, I used to just “be there” with nothing too exciting to say. When I mention I run, I connect with coworkers about their exercise routine, and they mention how their daughter or son is on a particular sports team. Overall, running has gave me the confidence to step forward into a new chapter in my life, become a happier person, and connect with people on a personal level.

[–]ohreally468 10 points 1 month ago
To impress the chicks.
(Note: it doesn’t work.)

[–]esjay_ 27 points 1 month ago
Really? i’ve had quite the opposite experience.
I can never improve as I am consistently being stopped by girls for impromptu make out sessions due to my beautiful stride

[–]jollycrow 2 points 1 month ago
Your running economy clearly turned them on.

[–]BonerTeam 8 points 1 month ago
Mental health

[–]redavid 8 points 1 month ago
“I enjoy it”

[–]knitsandpurls 2 points 1 month ago
This. Nobody believed me so far.

[–]l0rb 2 points 1 month ago
I’m a runner and I don’t believe it.

[–]cleong 8 points 1 month ago
To return my netflix dvds to the post office.

[–]xixi2 6 points 1 month ago
Lies… Nobody gets the Netflix DVD service anymore.

[–]cleong 2 points 1 month ago
Nope, I do.

[–]mjaugustine 3 points 1 month ago
Ooh, that makes two of us! 🙂

[–]7coffees 7 points 1 month ago
It shakes up the etch-a-sketch.
(I stole that from a friend of mine)

[–]Googoots 6 points 1 month ago
I say “it’s the only sport I was ever somewhat good at”…

[–]cyronius 7 points 1 month ago
I started running to get fit as I lost weight. I still run because I discovered that I enjoy it.

[–]xixi2 5 points 1 month ago
To feel like I am better than other people…

[–]fantasticraig 5 points 1 month ago
It feels much better to be in shape than not. I have more energy and am in a better mood and just generally function better overall. Plus its a fun pursuit that’s always challenging.

[–]mustao 2 points 1 month ago
It’s night and day really. To not be even slightly windy after a flight of stairs, while I see my friends huffing and puffing.

[–]Gnowner 5 points 1 month ago
Because I can and because it’s calming… clears my head.

[–]Bazzatherunner 5 points 1 month ago
I have NEVER been asked that question – and my most common experience is that people simply don’t care and don’t want to know anything about my running. It is only from a VERY few that I sometimes get some kind of congratulatory/complimentary support

[–]ruminajaali 3 points 1 month ago
Simply, I am compelled to. I just want to, and feel like, running. Out of all the work outs and sports I can choose to participate in, I am compelled to run.
Everything else like healthy living, weight loss, eat what I want comes after.

[–]DominoEffec7 5 points 1 month ago
Ooh, I’ve thought on this one for a while, but have never tried putting it into words.
Running is a test of willpower. When you’re running, you only have two choices. You can either: 1) Stop running, or 2) Keep moving forward. To me it perfectly exemplifies the way I want to live my life. As long as I’m running I’m getting better, improving. The key is to just keep going, even when it hurts, even when you want to stop, or take a day off, you just have to keep going. And if you keep it up, and don’t quit, eventually you’ll find you can do things you once thought impossible (like running a continuous 26.2 miles).
I try to apply this same mindset to everything I do. Get out there, give it everything, don’t stop and don’t look back. Eventually, you’ll be amazed to see how far you’ve come and what you can do.
I run to remind myself of this.

[–]esjay_ 3 points 1 month ago
I have heard this before and I typically just respond with the old ‘I’m sure there are hobbies you enjoy that don’t interest me, everyone enjoys different things, to each their own”

[–]angeluscado 3 points 1 month ago
It makes me happy. Some people don’t believe me and think I hate myself because I get up early to run, but whatever. Early mornings work.

[–]RoastedSquash 3 points 1 month ago
To get to the other side.
I still haven’t figured out how chickens do it though.

[–]letransient 3 points 1 month ago
It’s meditation.

[–]ChaseTheWind 3 points 1 month ago
I’ve used this one before – “because your sport only requires one ball!”

[–]ShesQuackers 2 points 1 month ago
Because it’s faster than walking, cheaper than driving, and more reliable than the local public transit.

[–]Rogu3Wo1f 2 points 1 month ago
Well, I’ve been mostly doing weights and strength training.
I don’t like that I get so out of breath so easily, so I’ve started to just improve my overall health and fitness. Same with rowing.

[–]jonnypop 2 points 1 month ago
Simple. Keeps me out of the tavern for another few hours.

[–]gregory_k 2 points 1 month ago
Usually I get this in the form of “Do you enjoy running?”
To which my answer is no, but I like setting and beating personal (albeit arbitrary) goals.

[–]LyraBelacqua_ 2 points 1 month ago
Because I’m a menace to society when I don’t. Also, it’s fun.

[–]rentalpep 2 points 1 month ago
Because I use to be 300+ lbs. and running keeps me from being fat.

[–]Runlowsky 2 points 1 month ago
Running is a pretty selfish thing. Lots of time away from the house. But I do run for my son and wife. They motivate me. I don’t want to be fat anymore. I want to be a good role model for my son and in good health so I don’t burden my family later in life.

[–]FlaankEm 1 point 1 month ago
Because I can and before it’s too late.
But seriously I needed to make some big changes before I screwed everything up. At least now if I screw it all up I will be able to say I’ve run a couple of marathons.

[–]pints 1 point 1 month ago
why not…

[–]gallusgannitus22 1 point 1 month ago
I want to be able to run a marathon, just to prove to myself that I can.
Also, I enjoy working out in general (lifting weights, etc.) so running is another outlet for that.

[–]ccmxrie 1 point 1 month ago
My responses have been “why shouldn’t I?” “Because why not” “running is love, running is life”

[–]briangri 1 point 1 month ago
So that I get to eat more 🙂

[–]ohcheckoutmy 1 point 1 month ago
“I started running because I was heartbroken and tad fat. Now I run because it turned into a habit and keeps me sane.”

[–]mrmonkeyriding 1 point 1 month ago
Lose weight, get outside, de-stress and I really enjoy it. I get more questions on why I run barefoot. I usually give some hippy “To feel closer to Mother Nature” just for fun. The fact is, it’s true. I work as a programmer, so my life is screens. Running is my time out to connect with life.

[–]Daghi 1 point 1 month ago
So I can drink and eat junk food. I guess the feeling of satisfaction after a race is alright.

[–]Helmet2014 1 point 1 month ago
Because it’s cheaper and less time consuming than bike racing was for me.

[–]SuperDerpy5 1 point 1 month ago
Great way to make great friends and a great way to make goals to strive for.

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