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Reader Recs: What We’d Like To Thank Running For

Our readers share what they want to thank running for giving them.

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We love being able to connect with our readers about all things running. Another thing we love? The community that we’ve built for runners to share their knowledge, struggles and victories with one another. You’re always ready to help other runners on the journey to PRs, marathon finishes and more and we are so glad to be able to help make it happen.

We asked our readers:
What does running give you that you are most thankful for?

Here’s what they had to say…

…on Facebook:

Jacqueline Hernandez Lee: I’m thankful for running because I began doing it to prevent diabetes, but 100 lbs later I have learned that running can also help my mental & emotional health.

Jeanie Sawaya: Everyday I’m thankful for my legs, that allow me to run with a wonderful group of true friends and to run in places I’d never have otherwise seen.

JoAnn Gnehm Kelm: I’m thankful everyday for running coming into my life about a year and a half ago. It not only has made me physically stronger, but most importantly (and shockingly) I have become mentally stronger. I never realized that running is such a mind game. Once I learned that, I was able to get “free therapy” from each of my runs.

Devne Felson: What does running give me that I’m most thankful for? The strength to go further, the release of everyday stress and the solitude to escape for awhile.

Lany Scruton: It strengthened my heart & lungs, saving my life when I went septic due to pneumonia. And the relationships I’ve gained….I haven’t even got words, my running family saved me mentally.

Shelly Sharp Cote: Running has helped me lose over 60 pounds, but even more importantly, it has taught me the importance of “running my own race” in all aspects of my life.

Heather Kotowicz-Kamka: It’s my “me time.” And it has helped me realize the amount of mental toughness one must have

BONUS: Read all of our reader responses over on Facebook!

…on Twitter:

@jovra65: reminds me that I am able to run,for those who can’t like my two brothers who have MD.

@vikingwisc: it’s one of the things that make me feel really good about myself. With running, maybe I can live well forever

@ADomstrand1980: my health!

@nicole_boutwell: running gives me time to think and grow. It’s my #therapy!

@jillmariecarr: a calm mind and body for the rest of the day

@Reichenbach1: the sense of pace, freedom and achievement.

Have a question you’d like to ask the community? Tweet us at @womensrunning with the hashtag #ReaderRecs!

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