1. I like running.
2. My body feels better when I run. My blood pressure is lower, I have fewer general aches, everything just works better.
3. Running is good for my cardiovascular system and reduces my risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This is important because my father had a fatal heart attack at 65. My mom and brother have cholesterol problems and my maternal grandfather died from heart problems. My own history of preeclampsia doubles my risk of heart attack and stroke by itself. The odds against having a heart attack are not great unless I do as much as I can to keep my heart healthy.
4. I feel great after I run.
5. I am happier in general when I run regularly.
6. Races are fun.
Clearly, running is a good thing for me. So, why is it so hard to get my tush out of the chair and out the door?