Why I Run

Running isn’t easy, running isn’t fun, running isn’t rewarding, EXCEPT:

when it is!

Getting in the zone, feeling the wind on my face, gliding through space is something that is not easily put into words.  When a runner gets into perfect stride (a cadence — That’s the rate at which your feet hit the ground and it’s different for each person), minutes (maybe even hours for others) seems to pass effortlessly.

Running is a metaphor for life – meeting life’s challenges head on.  Not every run is great but each run is part of a progression for a greater goal.

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I hated to run as a kid, my dad would make me go – I’d rather be home eating cookies!  To this day I thank him when I see him for making me do those runs (and even steps I recall at Ironbound Stadium in Newark, which I am still looking for a replacement).  It helped me achieve so much. I can only recall a few, but major accomplishments:

  • Being smart in high school – always staying on top of my class
  • Making me a faster soccer player – not that I was that fast, but it helped me be fast enough to make the All-State boys soccer team
  • Staying fit in the off-season
  • Getting me through Architecture school – an intense 5-year program
  • 3 years of Internship for an Architect
  • IDP – 9 tests over 60 hours in total to become an Architect

Even today, as I face challenges, going for a run helps me clear my head and allows me to recharge.  I cannot be worried about problems or deadlines (I’m trying to just finish my run).

There’s a feeling, a sensation, spiritual, chemical, whatever, but it feels so good.  These endorphins are hormones that are released by the pituitary gland that have motivational benefits. Many long-distance runners experience frequent rushes of endorphin release.

I don’t do it for the medals or the glory.  I run because I love to test my limits.  It also helps me track my personal best. 

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Running and working out are activities I enjoy doing.  They help me think healthy and the result is that I make healthy choices throughout the day.

In order to be healthy we need to balance our mind, body, and souls.

Do what you love, just because you love it!

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Frank Cunha III
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7 Comments on “Why I Run”

  1. I run too, Frank, now 31 years. In my twenties and thirties, I did more competitions, testing limits as you say. in my forties, i piled on a few injuries and started cutting back. then in my fifties, i learned healthy “chi” running, and do 3-5 miles 3-5 times per week, not a single ache or problem. I’ve read that a lifetime runner has the joints of a 20 year old, still spongy, and I hope that’s true. Good for heart, body, and mind. So easy, so essential. Everyone needs something like this.

    thanks for sharing your story, it’s encouraging. You are a far more intense runner than me, enjoy! Thats the joy of running, we each find a way. Running Paris streets last week, what a pleasure, the very best way to see a city, Early morning runs, day time runs, what a thrill.

    Best,

    Cindy @urbanverse

    • fc3arch says:

      Hi Cindy,

      Now you have me thinking about my runs in Sydney, Australia – What a pleasure to run through the best cities in the world!

      Thanks for your wonderful comments!

      Sincerely,
      Frank

  2. Tim says:

    Frank — didn’t know you were a runner. I keep all my info at http://www.runningahead.com great tool — uploads garmins / community / etc

  3. Charise Hepburn says:

    Wonderful story Frank… I am not a runner but what you said about recharging and clearing your head is why I walk the trails with my dog at least a few times a week… more in the winter months.


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