Reasons to Run and Memorable Running

There are as many reasons to run as there are people.

  • We run to relieve stress.
  • We run to feel free of “life” events.
  • We run to enjoy the shear movement.
  • We run to feel powerful and in control.
  • We run to sightsee – what better way to get to know someplace new right?
  • We run for the health benefits.
  • We run to decrease medications.
  • We run for general mental health.
  • We run to compete and to test ourselves.
  • We run to show others that we can do something they can’t.

Basically, running is something we do to enhance our lives. But I have found a special something in my running I want to share. My goal is offer a perspective that might be helpful to those of us who get down or frustrated about our running, times, injuries or progress.

There is another way for many of us it enhances our lives. As we run we also create memories and stories. Part of my joy is being able to recount to others various runs and events – the good the bad and the ugly. Over time the run-story can become quite a bit more entertaining (good or bad) than it ever was in reality. It’s all part of sharing the joy we can find in something so simple as running. [Ask the high school running campers about them rolling on the floor laughing at my Deseret News Marathon 1977 account.]

Though that was certainly a memorable run most of my races have become foggy vague memories. My most memorable runs are ones that aren’t as remarkable in retelling. Instead they are about feelings they created in me. Only two are from races: Boston 1996 and Clinton 10k back in the 80s. It was not about the races. Boston was the 2nd slowest of my life. Clinton was not a fast time and though uneventful carries a special memories.

Why so memorable? Because I ran them with my brother Jim. We ran Boston from Hopkinton past Wellesley through the Newton hills and down Boylston St. together. In Clinton we tied for first place. That is one that will never repeat itself – and something I’ll cherish.

James and I have had occasions to run but they were very sparse living 2000 miles apart most of our lives. We ran Boston and Clinton. We have run on Bainbridge Island, WA; in North Reading, MA; Tucson and Phoenix, AZ. Those runs total about 2 dozen in the past nearly 40 years. And it is in those runs that my strongest memories lie. The companionship, support, humor, sharing, freedom and living life in the moment – THOSE moments that create memories and reasons to run.

We have the opportunity to make running more than about health, wellness, empowerment, stress management, story-telling and winning medals and bragging rights. It’s about making memories by living in the moment. And in my case, the strongest memories are the running-moments I share with my brother.

To James: “Thank you” will never be enough but thank you anyway. I still look forward to running with you again and again and again.

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About Dean Hebert

I’m a mental game coach, author and speaker. I work with individual athletes, parents, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. Beyond my academic post-graduate work in sports psychology - the psychology behind athlete performance – I am a certified Mental Games Coaching Professional (MGCP) and certified hypnotherapist. I’ve authored several books and hundreds of articles. “Coach, I didn’t run because…” (2008) is a seriously light-hearted look at making excuses not to workout and how to overcome them. “Focus for Fitness” (2009) and “Screw the Goals Give me the Donut” (2010) are two of my eBooks on mental game approaches for the everyday athlete. I wrote these because I believe that everyone can benefit from the powerful mental techniques that the world’s best athletes use. I have been cited in Runners World, Best Health magazine (CN), SWEAT Magazine, and the Washington Examiner amongst many other publications. I have been a featured mental games coach in Runner’s World and for the internationally acclaimed trail running resource - trailrunningclub.com. I also regularly appear on sports and fitness talk shows such as LTKFitness, Runnersroundtable and for more than three years I have co-hosted a weekly video series with Coach Joe English for Running-Advice.com. I specialize in mental toughness training. My clients include tennis, synchronized swimming, golf, race-kart, soccer, motocross, volleyball, MMA, cycling (road, off-road, time-trialist), running, duathlon and triathlon, basketball, football and baseball athletes. I have coached world-class athletes and athletes internationally. I have a passion for working with youth athletes and helping them apply mental game skills and techniques to all areas of life. Most importantly, my aim is to have people enjoy sports and life to their fullest through peak performances.
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2 Responses to Reasons to Run and Memorable Running

  1. Mike Kichler says:

    I loved this post. I too have have a brother (younger) named Jim and every Wednesday morning we would run up Echo Canyon, down Cholla trail and back around to the car. He was captain of our high school football team at Chaparral and I was the skinny track/cross country guy but as adults we so enjoyed this time together. We pushed and challenged each other like nobody could. He could hammer up the hills, we were both daredevils going down then we got to the road and I had the upper hand. It was the best of times.

    Thanks for reminding me of all the awesome memories!

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