I have tried so many times in the past to articulate why I like running, but I keep getting caught up in tangents, like how self-conscious I was when I first started running, or how I felt like I couldn't consider it "running" for a long time because I would alternate between walking and running.
Well, chuck that.
Running is running, whether it's nonstop or broken up. I am proud to say that, after reading Dr. Mama's blog entry "Listen Up, Maggots", found at doctormama.blogspot.com/
, I CAN run nonstop now. Ah, but this is another tangent.
I like running because I feel free. It takes all the stress and anxiety I have and releases it through my pores. It strengthens my body and my mind. Whenever my body wants to cave, my mind says, "Just five more minutes."
I like running because it's a point of commonality between my dad, older brother, and me. Dad used to run all the time, and now that two of his children are actively engaged in the activity, he's thinking about starting up again. As for my older brother, well, he's a personal trainer, so it comes with the territory for him.
I like running because I CAN. My mom is physically unable to run--heck, she can barely walk right now. This from is a combination of severe poly-neuropathy (not diabetes-related) and recent knee surgery. Additionally, one of my oldest friends--I've known her for 30 years--has been in two devastating car accidents since 1997; the upshot is that she needs surgery on her spine within the next year or else she will be paralyzed. I can't think about her physical condition too much because it makes me cry, and then she gets annoyed at me. So, yeah, I often find myself thinking about them at some point during my run, praying for an improvement in their health, while, at the same time, being thankful that I am fit enough to run.
I wish I could be more eloquent, or maybe humorous, on the subject, but every time I've tried a clever/thoughtful approach, I get caught up in the words and nothing gets written. Does that make sense? So, toss it all, this is what you get instead. Happy Sunday, everyone!