Remember: Your “Why”

I was recently inspired to remember my “Why” as I was training this past weekend. With the demands of a busy schedule including my full time job,  marathon training and blogging, this was an important question for me to reflect on to push through the rest of my run. My “Why” for being a runner and blogger goes beyond just the hobby aspects of both of these activities. When I thought of my “Why” as I was approaching mile ten of my run, I thought back to all of my previous runs that brought me through difficult times in life. Running provides clarity, perspective and appreciation for life during those times when life mentally takes a toll on you. On those days, a good run always reminds me that with a determined and hopeful spirit anything can be accomplished. The reason why I run and decided to sign up for the marathon is for the pure joy and power this activity brings me. Running reveals my inner strength through early morning runs and during the difficult mid-point of a long race. Once this strength is revealed through my run, I then have the confidence to use this power in other areas of my life.

My “Why” for blogging is directly related to my “Why” for running. Through my writing, I want help inspire others to incorporate running and fitness into their everyday lives. I strongly feel that other people have a tremendous influence on your own motivation to workout and run. Fitness is community based and love sharing my own tips, training and inspiration to motivate others to run and gain these wonderful benefits that I’ve experienced. My “Why” also comes from my appreciation for life and desire to take full advantage of what I can offer other people. This blog is my own voice that I use to positively influence others to lead an active and happy lifestyle which is my overall reason for blogging.

After reading my reasons “Why” I train and blog, I hope you now take the time to reflect on your goals and “Why” you want to achieve them. This is a powerful process that will fill you with instant motivation to accomplish your mission. I encourage you to write them down and reflect back on them when you are feeling discouraged or need to be uplifted. Remembering your “Why” will also help you to look back on why you started in the first place and how far you’ve come during your journey. Always keep your “Why” in mind and you will find yourself feeling less unmotivated and more excited to achieve your goals you set out for yourself.


  1. JESS @PT CONTENDER May 2, 2017 / 4:35 am

    Hey, just found your blog & having fun exploring it. I love your ‘why’ esp: “My “Why” also comes from my appreciation for life and desire to take full advantage of what I can offer other people.” I love that! I try to take full advantage of my life as well, and there’s always somewhere for me to improve. I look forward to reading more of your posts :))

  2. Alyssa May 2, 2017 / 4:45 am

    I absolutely love this! It’s so important to reflect on the “why” in your life. Such beautiful writing, Carissa! Love you! xx

    • urbanmile May 2, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      Thank you!!

    • urbanmile May 2, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      Thank you!! Xo

  3. zoeforman May 2, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Why ?
    Why not if I can
    Also life is better with personal dreams goals & challenges 😁
    Great blog

    • urbanmile May 2, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Yes, I totally agree! Very well said 🙌🏻 thank you!

  4. sunsoutrunsout May 4, 2017 / 12:23 am

    Stole the words outta my mouth! Thinking about the “why” in anything you do definitely makes you appreciate life in a different way. Nice post!

    • urbanmile May 4, 2017 / 3:06 am

      It does for sure! Thank you so much 🙂

  5. My Blessing By Grace May 5, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I love this post! I was actually talking to my friend about knowing your why yesterday! Thank you very much for sharing this! Grace Xx

    • urbanmile May 5, 2017 / 10:00 pm

      Of course, I’m glad you like my post! Perfect timing 😊

  6. donpetersonfitness May 5, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    I am not much of a runner due to a knee replacement, but the “why” is something I ask myself constantly. I love to exercise, because of how it changes my perspective on life and health. Your insight here is very inspiring.

    • urbanmile May 5, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Awesome, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed my post! Exercising always leaves you feeling positive and uplifted 😊

  7. BreakawayConsciousness May 7, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Salient words! I just read something similar, about a week ago, and this reminded me of needing to, or wanting to write about it for a while. Great post!

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