Born to run: 4 inspiring stories to get you to start running

Running doesn’t just give you better health. It give your life purpose and meaning, inspiring you to live a fuller life!


Why do people run? Running has almost too many benefits: it helps the body release chemicals called endorphins which make you feel more happy; it helps strengthen lungs and bronchi, thereby decreasing the effects of asthma. It builds body strength and increases bone density over time. It also helps keep the immune system strong and reduces diabetic resistance to insulin, thus maintaining a healthy blood sugar level.

But if all these reasons weren’t enough to persuade you to run, have a look at these 4 videos of people who ran for a reason.

1. I run for my identity

Ronnie Goodman runs because running sets him free from his troubled past, and his addictions. People don’t look at him as if he is a homeless person, they look at him as a runner. He has run the Second Half of the San Francisco Marathon to increase awareness and raise critical funds for Hospitality House.

2. I run to be noticed

Budhia Singh, India’s famed Marathon boy, ran his sixth half-marathon at the age of three. Once everybody realised he was a fast runner, his entire village got together in their trials to make him the “number 1 marathon runner in the world”. While Budhia enjoys the blessings and attention of many, his coach says he is “inching towards perfection”.

3. I run for my son

When the doctors declared Dick Hoyt’s son “a vegetable for the rest of his life”, instead of losing hope, he made it his mission to make his son enjoy life. Now, he runs because his son once told him that running on the wheelchair with his father made him “forget his disability”.

4. I run for my country

Milkha Singh, India’s Flying Sikh, ran because it was his dream to make India win a gold at the Olympics. Although he could not achieve this, he made his country proud on a number of occasions and was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour for his achievements in sport.

So the next time you think you can’t run, think again.


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An engineer by fluke, an artist by choice and a writer by default, Ayeesha finds herself in her happy place in the arms of a good book and coffee. With a published short love story being the only feather in her cap, she's been putting together parts of herself in her blog, ( http://lazyandtheoverthinker.wordpress.com/ ) hoping to assemble them into a novel someday. She also wants her own Wiki p... more

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
An engineer by fluke, an artist by choice and a writer by default, Ayeesha finds herself in her happy place in the arms of a good book and coffee. With a published short love story being the only feather in her cap, she's been putting together parts of herself in her blog, ( http://lazyandtheoverthinker.wordpress.com/ ) hoping to assemble them into a novel someday. She also wants her own Wiki p... more

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