Why do I run? I run because I like the freedom of being able to chart my own course. I run because I love the runner’s high after a great run and the motivation to get that runner’s high after a bad run. I run because I like the challenge of doing something that I thought was impossible or difficult only a few weeks or months earlier. I run because regardless of how it seems during a race there is only one person I have to beat… myself. I run because early in the morning the road doesn’t care if my makeup isn’t done or my hair isn’t perfect, it just cares that I stopped by. I run because even though it hurts sometimes, a life without pain would make the good times less important.
There are times in life that you just need to go… to push yourself harder, faster… to gain control… to lose yourself… there are times you just need to go! For me, running gives me a chance to simultaneously gain control and let my mind relax. Running is second nature to me (to everyone, I guess!) and by letting my legs do what they were meant to, my mind can be on other things or absolutely nothing at all! What a wonderful release after a day(s) of craziness! Also, for me, running is something that I enjoy doing and it is something that gives me a sense of joy while I run. If you have ever seen me running down the road, more than likely you have also seen me smiling. And, no I don’t smile because it is easy for me, I smile because even though it hurts sometimes and it isn’t easy, I just love to run! Also, there are so many people who would love to be able to run or even walk a few steps that for me to be critical of the gift I’ve been given would be selfish. I run because I can.
When I run, I am running alongside the ghosts of my past runs and the hopes of my future runs. I am running to beat my past and prepare for my future. That is why I run.
“I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” Jesse Owens