What first motivated you to start running? The motivations to make us lace up our running shoes for the first time are very varied. Running Travels asked our Twitter community on Sunday night, and here are some of our favourite replies!

Sometimes, we want to prove others wrong, and it ends up changing the course of our lives.

Sometimes we’re motivated by health reasons.

Or even a complete lifestyle change to be more active.

Running has helped some of us return from injury or illness

Sometimes we even defy the medical experts.

Sometimes, a friend suggests we try something new.

Some of us take up running to make new friends

Sometimes we run to inspire others

Mostly, we find running helps us to feel better.

Why do you run? Join in with the chat over on our Twitter channel.