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Agon and the Reason Why Endurance Athletes Participate in Sports

Why Did You Start Running?
by Kathleen Lisson

I was at a party the other night and the conversation turned to weight loss. The two women I was talking to both mentioned that they were going to start running to lose weight that they had gained since turning 30 years old. 

Thinking about this conversation after I left the party, I wondered how many adults start running simply because it looks like fun. 

I started running in high school because a friend asked me to join the Cross Country team. I kept on running on and off for the next twenty years because it was fun. I run here in San Diego because of the way a good run makes me feel.

I feel sweaty and joyful and good when I'm running and after I run. I feel strong when I get to the top of a hill or practice speedwork, even though I am tired at the end. I enjoy planning for races and running in groups. I feel happy and connected when I am around other runners who share my passion for the sport. If a sore muscle stops my running for even…

Coaching 'Girls on the Run' in San Diego

Coaching 'Girls on the Run' in San Diego
by Kathleen Lisson

I am a volunteer running coach with the San Diego chapter of 'Girls on the Run.' 'Girls on the Run' is a nonprofit organization serving girls in 3rd to 8th grades. I started running in high school, and found that running gave me confidence and healthy habits that made my teenage years much easier. While high school had the usual cliques, my cross country team was a real team, where everyone was friends. I am honored to have these girls call me "Coach Kathleen" and eager to teach them the fundamentals of running as well as share tips on healthy eating and living.

Find out more about Girls on the Run in San Diego here: