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What I took from the "Why Do We Run" Series

Updated: May 23

This week on The Tanner Kern Podcast I recorded three episodes trying to find out some of the different reasons people run. For this series I took three runners with totally unique backgrounds in the sport to figure out why they lace up the shoes everyday.


The first guest was Hanna Busch who is chasing her first marathon finish in 2021. Next was Matt Conyers, a head high school track & field coach and 21 time marathon finisher. I concluded the series today with ultra runner Jack Johnson who has 20+ ultra finishes including two 100 milers on his resume.


Each runner had a different message about why they run, but one thing was certain...Each individual had an overwhelming passion for the sport which was so awesome to hear about in all three interviews! I had so much fun getting to talk to Hanna, Matt, and Jack and I recommend listening to the shows because they each were inspiring in their own ways.


With that being said, here was my biggest takeaways from the three shows!


Hanna was a ray of positivity. There's no other way to describe her and here's what I learned and was reminded of from our conversation.


Running is FAMILY:

It doesn't matter if you win races or are a mid to back packer. The running community is so special and this is evident at all races. I've cheered people on that I met for 5 minutes at the start line and I've been congratulated by people that I went toe to toe with from start to finish. The running community is unlike any other and the true definition of a family.


Find Your Passion and Go Do It:

Hanna says that her career has not been linear, but she wouldn't have had it any other way. She has done what she loves and not only has that fulfilled her, but it has also allowed others to find their sparkle!


Matt is a great friend of mine, but it was really cool to learn more about why running means so much to him.


Handling the Tough Results:

There's always going to be tough races. There are times when you think it's going to be your day, but it ends up being the exact opposite result you expected. These races are just as important as the PR's because there are so many lessons to learn when you confront failure.


Put the Watch Down:

We all get caught up in results, but this has the potential to make us forget why we go out and run. Sometimes we need to drop the watch to remember why were out pounding pavement or exploring new trails.


Lifelong Relationships:

In the show, Matt thanks running for many of the special bonds that he has formed in his life. In my relatively short time running, the sport has given me lifelong friends. It has made me close to people I would've never imagined and I thank running for these relationships.


I took a lot from Jack who is an absolute BEAST. He calls himself a mid-packer, but his mindset is elite.


Relentless Forward Motion:

The mantra of Jack Johnson couldn't have resonated with me anymore than it did when I heard him talk about what it meant. "Relentless forward motion" is a never quit mentality that reminds you that when you want to stop, it's just your mind trying to win. Don't stop and keep relentlessly moving forward.


Running and Life are Parallels:

The pain we experience pushing our bodies to the limit can be applied when you're not wearing running shoes. Learning that we are capable of moving our bodies to a point we could have never previously imagined is something we can take into our daily lives when we're dealt hard times.


I can't thank each one of these individuals enough for coming on the show. Whether you're a runner or not, you can definitely find a message that will resonate with you from Hanna, Matt, or Jack!


If you're interested in listening here's the show links:

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tanner-kern-podcast/id1506095017

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/72uxbtP1BJt9XEGlobiUSS

Google Podcasts: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Iopv7tuadig4wkw5oun2doj3xue



Why do you run? I'd love to hear! Send me an email or reach out to me on social media!

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Tanner Kern is a 22 year old coach, runner, and blogger from Connecticut. He is the host of The Tanner Kern Podcast and creator of "It's a Process: A Blog About Life, Running, and Everything in Between."

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