Happy new year! A few weeks ago I thought I’d be filling this entire column with suggestions about running resolutions. However, I realize that you’re not going to resolve to run a 5K this year (or a 10K, a half marathon, a marathon, every day, three days a week or any other amount or distance) just because “that runner girl from the paper” told you to.
So if your New Year’s Day resolution was to run, congratulations and welcome to the club! If not, well, taking up running or any other physical activity can be done any time throughout the year. There’s no rule that says you have to begin Jan. 1.
As promised, I’m going to share another reason why people run — from the mouths of runners themselves. Last week I asked dozens of runners why they run and I began to see a few trends in their responses.
Runak Ghazi, of Fresno, said she runs for the feeling she gets afterward, and also, “because of the people I meet. Runners are very welcoming, no matter what your ability is.” ...