Why I Would Never Quit Running

Or trade it for any other sport

Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

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Photo by Hamish Duncan on Unsplash

Over the years, running has caused me a good share of pain, injuries, and disappointments — to the point where I would ask myself why I was still doing this to my mind and body.

But running has also been the cause of some of my greatest joys in life. It's become an integral part of my lifestyle and a characteristic I often identify with.

Yet, it's not just that. There's this special bond between me and running — like nothing I've ever experienced with any other sport.

And with every mile I hit, every sprint I endure, and every interval I manage to power through, it becomes stronger than ever, making me love this endeavor even more.

It was February 2023, a casual easy run when I started feeling pain in my left foot. I was in the final stages of my half-marathon preparation, and I thought to myself — this can't be happening again!

Despite being extra mindful and smart going into this training cycle, I got injured. And it felt as if a very good friend of mine had betrayed me.

But I knew that running itself was not the one to blame because being forced to rest and limit my runs, I got to see what my days would be like without running. And it didn't seem right.

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Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

Marketing specialist and running coach who's been passionate about writing since childhood.