We asked and you answered. As the Publix Georgia Marathon is getting closer, we wanted to know: What motivates you to run? Here are some responses from our viewers:
Leon K. writes:
"I didn't run until last May because I didn't think I could cross the finish line. When I started, I couldn't run even one mile, Now I have run and finished 1k, 5k, 10k, and half-marathon and I just finished my first marathon just under 4 hours. We don't know until we try."
Hyoh K. writes:
"I didn't run until last May because I didn't think I could cross the finish line. When I started, I couldn't run even 1 mile, Now I have run and finished 1k, 5k, 10k, and half-marathon and I just finished my first marathon just under four hours. We don't know until we try."
Kevin J. writes:
"I like to challenge myself and try to push my limits."
Kim H. writes:
"I run because it is freeing!"
Casey P. writes:
"I have run all the Georgia 1/2 marathons. Running is a way of life and have been doing it since high school. It is all about feeling good and healthy living."
Richard B. writes:
"In all honesty, I started running a few months after a minor cycling accident, it was my way of slowly getting back into the exercise mode, but it soon turned into much more than that. Not only does running help me feel better physically, it improves mental health as well. Running allows me to be in my own space for a few miles, it helps me clear my head and take in the beautiful world around me."
Martha R. writes:
"I'm training for a half-marathon now. I run for health and in memory of my sister who died from breast cancer in 2010. She loved walking, running and being outdoors. I know she would want me to be healthy and fit, and she would have encouraged me every step of the way."
Julie D. writes:
"Because I can. Even with a congenital lung disease."
Day G. writes:
"The (most fun) reason of all for me is that my greatest thrill is crossing the finish line. I can get tired so much at the 18th mile, but the urge to see the finish line is just unbelievable."
Milly P. writes:
"I have always enjoyed running. In HS, I ran track and competed in relays. The reason I got back into running was in memory of my infant daughter, who passed away. When I am out there running (rain or shine) I could see her little face smiling down on me... it is a great accomplishment to either cross that line or make it to your designated spot."
Rick M. writes:
"I am running the Georgia Marathon as part of my goal to run 13 marathons in 13 states in 2013. Georgia will be the third."
Ade A. writes:
"I run because it enhances my cardiovascular endurance, keeps my weight in check too."
Gina R. writes:
"I run because its cheaper than a shrink and I love the "runner's high" (yes it really does exist)!"
Why do you run? Send us an email letting us know what motivates you at WhyIRun@cbsatlanta.com.