I think this is a very real question for runners. Runners are certainly not all the same shape or size and I think we all run for different reasons. Do you run constantly chasing a PR? For weight loss? Because you enjoy being outside? For the race bling? For overall health?
I run for many reasons. A big one is that running is my “me” time. I get to listen to MY music and be alone with MY thoughts. It helps me get a little bit of my sanity back. It helps calm me and makes me feel happy. I run to stay in shape. I love food too much and running helps me keep that in check. Why do I RUN races…? Not going to lie, I love the medals, but I also love traveling to new places and getting a tour on foot of the cities. I think another big motivator for me running races though is that I never thought I would. If 10 years ago someone had told me that I would have a wall of half and full marathon medals I probably would’ve laughed in their face. The accomplishment of finishing a race feels great.