Why We Run #1: A Smattering of Shorts

Because of age. Because of fear. For self-expression. To focus. To escape. To live.


The Good Men Project Sports asked Why We Run?

In this feature series, we share your answers.

The responses thus far include a series of one liners, essays, and all things in between.

In this #1 of the series, we collected some of the short responses from readers Michael Polenberg, Jordan Crouse, Warren Master, Angie Potter Braithwood, Misbah Tahir, and Michael Goldman.


“Getting old is a hoot. I think that’s why I run. To run away from the old, if that makes any sense. When I was younger, I never ran, because I was young. Nothing to run from. Now, I feel such a sense of urgency. It’s really just another form of anxiety except I beat it back with labored breathing.”

– Michael Polenberg



“It’s a natural outlet for self-expression—physically, mentally & spiritually. :-))”

– Warren Master


“To pass an Army Physical Fitness Test. And to de-stress, keep fit, and keep up with the kids. The utter exhaustion sweats the “little things” out of me—I’m more focused and more present after a run (but not during it – don’t even try to talk or interrupt me on a run. I will physically hate you).”

– Angie Potter Braithwood


“I run to escape. (Writing this as I try to get my 2 year old to go back to sleep)”

– Misbah Tahir


“Running is cheaper than therapy…I hope it will lengthen my life span for my family’s sake. And it’s a fantastic battle between my mind and my body.”

– Michael Goldman

>> #2: The Life I Chose 


For The Good Men Project Sports’ Why We Run feature, we are looking to collect YOUR comments, posts, Tweets, and emails that answer the questions: Why do you run? What are you running from? What are you running towards, if anything?”

Please send us your submission via email to myself at [email protected]gmail.com or via Twitter @michaelkasdan #WhyWeRunGMP and #GMPSports. Submissions can also be made through the below comments section or on our Facebook page.

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