How and when did you come to be someone who runs?
I'd always hated running, and viewed myself as someone who wasn't physically built to run. I had a lot of physical discomfort and pain when I ran. It wasn't until I realized that running could encompass a lot of variations (slow, fast, incorporating stops) that I learned that I could be a runner, and that, in fact, I loved running.
How do you feel when you're running?
Empowered, free, joyful, zen, exhausted, sweaty, prickly: all at different times.
What has most surprised you about picking up this hobby in adulthood?
What surprised me most is how much more adaptable my body is than I gave it credit for. If I am flexible and patient with my body, it can do amazing things.
What is it about running that suits you at this point in your life?
How I can just, at a moment's notice, put on running shoes, head out the door, and hit the pavement. No money, planning, or equipment necessary.
Do you see the effects of running showing up in other areas of your life?
When I'm running, I am calmer emotionally. Running really helps with my anxiety, and also tends to bring some of my best creative ideas, in giant springboards of imaginative leaps while I'm running.