WHY DO I RUN: Preston’s Story

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Part of a series of runner profiles we’ll be featuring throughout the summer

You have to walk the walk if you want to talk the talk.

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At the beginning of the 2015 NY Marathon, before I entered a 9-mile pain cave

That was the thought running through my head as I made a commitment to manage my mom’s soundRUNNER stores after college. Running was something I did not quite understand, unless it had something to do with a sport or getting away from something.

I went through the motions by joining the beginning running program through the store. At first, I told myself and everyone around me that I would never run more than five miles.

Fast-forward 10 years…I have completed many 5Ks, 5 milers, 10 milers, a few relay races, a half marathon and a full marathon. I can say at this point, I really do enjoy running and I never thought I would.

Why do I run? There are so many reasons. I love the gear, I love the relationships I have been able to build, I love how I can explore my surroundings, I love the time, I love the competition, I love the end.

At the end of the day, I run because I can. Because others can’t. I run because it makes me feel good. Even on those days that I think it is going to be the worst run ever, 90% of the time I am happy I made the trek.

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I love the friendships I’ve made through running

To me, it is the easiest sport to participate in. All you need is a pair of kicks and road to run on.

My mindset has gone through a 360 since my youthful days of making fun of my mom for running. Now I am thankful she has given me the opportunity to be part of something that has changed me forever.


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