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"What was the reason you started running/walking? Share your story with us."
Nahan -- My father's health was a huge wake up call for me.
Candace -- I wanted to get back in better shape before I was older and it was harder to come by. Running was more accessible than swimming and I wasn't interested in joking a gym at the time. I lost 25lbs in about 3-4 months.
Taryn -- I was five years old and my mom put me in cross country. it stuck ever since.
Dawn -- Cheaper than therapy :)
Wanda -- Stress reliever!
Jackie -- To quit smoking!
Garon -- To get the girls.
Conrad -- In the Portland community, Racewalking is over 90% female.
Angie -- Always run to stay in shape for other sports, but daily runs started for a pacing dog. We ran together for years. Still think of her every run I do now.
John -- It was something I could do by myself and without much in the way of equipment or expense and that has changed now...but I love it more than ever!
Kellie -- I started because I was FAT, and I didn't want to be the fat one in the family. My sister started running and lost a ton of weight, so I thought if she could do it I could do it. Then, I fell in love with running.
Jamie -- I needed something of my own. It's my life-line.
Jan -- My mother was my inspiration. She did her last marathon at 75. At 68 I have walked 12 marathons and too many half marathons to count. It keeps me healthy and as someone said cheaper than a therapist.
Cipres -- Got diagnosed w/ diabetes type 2.
Laura -- Because running takes you places you never thought you could go!
Julie -- Social Network! Come to find out that Portland has some of the BEST running clubs with the BEST people! Love my running friends, they are so much more than just "running friends".
Lindsey -- I was fat.
David -- Stress, high blood pressure, and the need for a new sense of accomplishment.
Jeff -- To honor my mother!! Then fell in love with the sport. So every marathon I run is for her and the others are for me!!
Brent -- Stress management technique - and helps me feel better about an occasional libation and the associated liquid calories.
Sheila -- To escape the crazy world of a working Mommy with two young children! It was the ONLY time that I could be alone LOL!
Atheana -- Better cardiovascular health. Also when the zombies come I don't want to be the last one!
Jim -- Keep up with my son who runs...
Brian -- To get the girl
Dereth -- To get through a bad breakup, and to lose weight
Angie -- It was the best way I knew to tell cancer to kiss my a**!
Allison -- To find ME after becoming a mom for the second time. Easy to lose yourself in the every days of life.
Frank -- Because being fat AND middle aged is just stupid.
Ken -- Had open heart surgery in late 2009 to replace my Aortic Valve. Quit drinking and smoking and found running as a good alternative to those destructive habits I was forced to give up.
On those days when you don't feel like training, what is the inspiration that keeps you going?
Taryn Graham -- my dog
Tom Haig -- The first post-race beer at Kells.
Christy Westover -- The fact that I'm meeting my running buddies. No one wants to get crap for not showing up! :0)
Cate Wade -- I like the ten minute rule; go for at least ten and if you want to stop, you can. I continue 95% of the time.
Debbie Stevens -- The knowledge that SOME DAY I may no longer be able to, so while I can...I will! :)
Karen Maas -- That I've paid some big bucks, and it will hurt more if I don't train!
Terri Gray Ujifusa -- The huge amount of money I paid Ironman...a DNS or DNF would suck more than pushing through a workout.
Danielle Frost -- My bikini! :)
David Sloan -- Favorite rock music on my iPod. That and thinking about my health 20 years from now!
Kimberlee Lafferty -- Public humiliation (well, actually, Facebook humiliation) works for me. I post that I'm going to run on my wall. If I don't run, I know I'll get grief from my FB friends.
Claire Barrilleaux Bartlett -- I get out there because I can and I'm thankful for that. If it's raining or I'm just not feeling it, I put on my running clothes and shoes, gets me in the mood every time!
Margaret Craford -- My Honored Hero 6 yr. old Eli and my Team in Training teammates.
Kelly M Johnson -- That running gives you freedom and no one can tell you what to do.
Erin Nardone Stone -- I never regret going for a run...even when I don't want to go, I'm always glad that I do!
Matt Craven -- Knowing that I dont want to live life w/out regrets…keeps me motivated, training and focused.
Monica Talbot Ortigoza -- Knowing how bad it hurts on race day when I don't put the training in.
Amy Ennis Strobel -- My neighbor standing on the corner waiting at 5:30 in the morning - rain or shine!
Amanda Alford Hopper -- Its an accomplishment all my own
Holly Sackett -- My Nike shirt that says "Suck it up", I put it on and get out there.
Julee Lock Ryan -- Knowing that getting out the door is the hardest part.