Many people ask, “Why do you run?” or “Why do you run so far?” This is a question I have difficulty answering and/or defending in mere words. When I hit mile 19 of my 20 miler Saturday “free fallin'” by Tom Petty came on Pandora and as I was singing the chorus out loud, (yes, I said out loud) I wanted everyone to know that experience. I knew that I was going to finish that 20 miler and it was a good feeling.
I run for me.
I run because it helps me let go.
I run to forget the day. I, like many people, have a stressful job. It is one that I often take home with me…maybe not physically, but mentally, I can’t leave and just forget about the situations of those kiddos and the great responsibility I have been handed in leading them.
I run for a sense of accomplishment. Yep, I said it. I make myself proud.
I run to reflect. I reflect on my life. On choices I’ve made. On unanswered prayers. I take time to thank God for not granting me those things that I once wanted so badly and instead giving me more than I could have ever created on my own.
I run because at the end of a long or hard workout I feel strong. In life, running makes me feel stronger than I ever imagined I could be.
I run to see just how far and how fast I can go. Every time I go farther and faster than I ever have, I surprise myself. I feel blessed. Blessed to have such an able body. Blessed to be able to run. I am certainly not the fastest of runners, but I am thankful for what I have been given…because it is enough.
I run because it teaches me to just keep going
, especially when it hurts.
I run because there is nothing more soul-cleansing than a summer run in the rain.
My favorite kind of run.
I hope that this compilation can put into words the feeling of my run.
Tell me, why do you run?
Please enjoy Tom Petty, my friends, and run happy!