Running soothes the soul | Whenever I'm upset, I go to the gym. I get on the treadmill, and surprisingly, whatever problems I had before I get on it are gone by the time 3 miles are done. It clears my mind and my soul. Oftentimes the 35 or so minutes I'm running are the only time I get completely to myself a day. Running takes me wherever I want or need to go that day.
It makes me feel strong | There is no better feeling than a runner's high. Simple as that. The feeling that I get during the last few minutes of my runs while I'm pushing myself to get better are comparable to finishing my senior speech/getting into college/etc etc. For a few moments, nothing else in the world matters.
I really, really, really like to eat | I'm still about 99% sure that I only actually make myself run because I like to fit into my clothes and that I feel better when I'm at my old "in season" weight. I also enjoy eating, a lot. Running allows me to continue to enjoy to eat.
I don't claim to be a super runner, and I don't know if I ever desire to run a marathon. Once upon a time, I used to be a 6:30 or 7 minute miler, and now I average about 9:30 or 10, but right now, I'm okay with that. I am where I am right now, and I'm still pushing myself to get better every day. And every day that I lace up my shoes and get out there and run, I do.