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.


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. 


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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“Don’t Quit”

Photo taken by my son, Frank Cunha IV on my iPhone.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– Author unknown