Thursday Oct. 16, 2008; Why Do I Run? Hmmmm...
It's after 11pm on Thursday—I’m sitting at my desk and someone just asked me, "Why do you run? And what are you running from?"
That was an interesting and intriguing question, as this person was not joking around. I started laughing because I'm not running from anything; I'm running to something. I'm running to a healthier me; I'm running to challenge myself, to clear my mind, and to de-stress. I am also running for the sheer joy of it and to be around the friends that I made at Fleet Feet.
Just in case you missed it, I did say, "Joy" of running. I truly enjoy running now, but in the past I couldn't always say that. I think the reason I have a passion and desire to run now as opposed to years past, has everything to do with the fact that I'm around other people—friends who are amazing! They are all 100% committed to the sport, they all have positive attitudes and they all genuinely want to see me and everyone else succeed. Coach Paul calls our running group, “a social group with a running problem. “ It is so true, we are chatter boxes and love to have fun!
I know this sounds crazy, but I have never been part of such an individual sport that is so team orientated. Running with my group of friends, lets me know that while I am running my own race, I truly am not alone. Let me explain. If I am physically hurting I know there will be someone who will help me through it, if I am tired I know there is someone who will inspire and encourage me to keep going and hand me a Jolly Rancher (thank you.) J The same thing is true if someone else is struggling, I will be there to lift him or her up and do what I can to help. You see, there’s a lot of trust, encouragement, and honesty when running with friends. Everyone knows if they need to lean on someone, they can—without hesitation and without guilt.
We also talk about everything, too; there is no shame. This is a good thing since someone always has the same ailment as you—which means you never feel alone in discussion or embarrassed to talk about something!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not the best runner, and I'm not the worst runner either—but now, I am a runner, and so are you. I am proud to be part of a group that has so much passion and joy for this sport and the people involved.
Recently, while talking to students at Rhoades Elementary, Coach Kathryn White a.k.a., Captain Insane-O told us, "Whatever you do, you need to have four things; inspiration, dedication, determination and desire." We're listening, and I think it's safe to say, you taught us well. As runners, we have it; we'll apply it, use it, and embrace it! J
Life is good and it’s because of all of you! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your social group that has a running problem! 20 miles, here we come; piece of cake!!