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Why'd you start running and why do you continue?

We all have different reasons why we started running, and why we keep running - maybe it's for your physical health, your mental health, for companionship or something else. Here's a short video about some REI employees and why they run. We'd love to hear from you - why did you start running and why do you keep going?

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.
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I started running in my teens because I wanted to toughen up so I wouldn't feel so beat-up on the trail when I went backpacking or canoe-tripping.  My inspiration was my Dad, who loved tennis.  He ran to be in shape for tennis. He was running before there was a running-shoe industry.  His advice was that you shouldn't play tennis to get in shape; you should get in shape to play tennis.

I continue to run - four decades later - for the same reason: to toughen up for the trail.  But I also appreciate running for other reasons now: general health and well-being, a chance to get outside by myself every day (I alternate with cycling), and a way to unwind after school (I teach high school English).  And I run in a place that has opportunities to see wildlife - bonus points!

I also feel like I'm remembering my Dad, who died a few years back (but who was still running well into his eighties).

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@TomIrvine thanks for sharing! I got into running after my mom died, finding it a place to disconnect and reconnect at the same time, and used it as part of my grieving process. She wasn't a runner, but she was an avid outdoors-woman and I often felt her presence on my runs, especially when it was windy!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.

Yeah.  Especially in the first few weeks after he died, I'd say it felt like I was running in his company.

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