How Has Running Changed Me?

It’s Tuesday so I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life for

Today’s Topic is: How Has Running Changed You? (Sorry I’m a week early.)

As I commented on another blogger’s post on this topic, it wasn’t actually running that changed me, it was tennis.

  • Tennis was the first sport that I ever participated in (and I was in my 40’s)
  • Tennis was the first sport that I ever competed in. I played on several teams and some even qualified for State and National competitions.

  • I bought many different tennis outfits and tennis sneakers.

  • I played tennis almost everyday.
  • I thought and talked about tennis constantly.
  • I took tennis lessons and participated in tennis clinics so that I could become a better tennis player.

  • I watched the Pros play in person and on TV.


  • My closest friends were those that I have met while playing tennis.

  • I took many tennis vacations.


  • My tennis friends and I did many things together besides playing tennis.


  • Tennis kept me active, healthy and physically fit.
  • Tennis gave me confidence.
  • Tennis made me feel younger.
  • My tennis friends talked me into becoming a runner.

So you can probably see a lot of similarities about how running may have changed my life. In fact, I can just substitute the word running above.

I now spend a lot (too much) money on racing, running clothes and shoes. I run often and talk about running to anyone who will listen. I take race-cations and sign up for running groups to improve my running. I have awesome friends that I have met through running.

How is running different from tennis and how has my life changed differently by becoming a runner?

  • I have a blog and as a result, I have a lot of virtual running friends (and even have met some in person).

blogger meet-up in Panama City, FL

  • I have a lot more flexibility in my active life. I can decide where and when I run and whom I run with.

running after work in Liverpool, NY

  • I set my own individual goals. My running goal or challenge does not impact anyone else.

5k PR

  • I am compared to other runners who are the same age. This has helped me feel successful and proud.

getting my 1st place medal from the race founder, Al Goldstein

  • I feel supported by other runners.

  • Even a bad run can have positive effects on my mood or day.

I am so grateful to tennis because it introduced me to running.

And I can’t imagine my life without running.

I am also joining up with Running on HappySuzlyfeCrazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs for the Coaches’ Corner linkup


Happy Running! How has running changed you?


32 thoughts on “How Has Running Changed Me?

  1. Although I was never an athlete, I did compete in “sports” as a kid — bowling & swimming. I was actually better at bowling . . . and I also competed musically.

    Competition was something that was actually missing from my life until running.


    • I did I guess compete academically. But I don’t think of running as competitive but for some it is. I like the social aspect of it. I’m a social person as you can tell.

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    • Well, I usually to be immersed in tennis. But it did change my life. And running has made me feel healthier and more confident as well.


  2. I felt like participating in sports led me to my running journey. But I love the flexibility of running and being able to do it on my own, but also being part of the running community.

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  3. This a great compare & contrast post 😉 I have played some tennis, but not enough to consider myself a tennis player. As clumsy & uncoordinated as I am, somehow, I can hold my own in racket sports (I was the table tennis champ in my college-level PE class, and was almost undefeated in my badminton class LOL). I don’t think we have any actives tennis leagues in my area, though or else I’d pursue tha.

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    • I am uncoordinated. I suck at ping pong and badminton. It took many lessons to get decent at tennis. Doesn’t your daughter play?


  4. I loved learning this about you!! I used to love to play tennis and was pretty obsessive about it, but running is much more flexible for me too!

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  5. That’s awesome that tennis was such a huge life changer for you! I didn’t realize that you hadn’t been playing your whole life. I too love running and it has been so inspiring and rewarding.

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  7. I love it when your posts trigger a long comment that turn into a post-I really do enjoy writing but sometimes struggle for ideas/integration.
    I played team sports as a kid and even ran track, but it took a random whim on a treadmill last January to really change me and my overall health

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