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The honesty of running

Saturday, February 16, 2013

There are many reasons why I like running. The health benefits are a large part of it, of course, but I like the simplicity of it and the way it makes me feel both while Iím doing it and after itís over. I like that I can run just about any time, anywhere, with a minimum of preparation or equipment. I donít have to gather a team together or find another person to run with. I donít need to wait for an open playing field or schedule a court time. I like that there isnít a beginning and an end, no set time limit or distance. Any time I go for a run, I can run as fast or as slow and as far as I choose and still benefit from it and enjoy it.

Another thing I like about running is its honesty. You canít cheat at running. (I know people cheat at racing, but thatís not what Iím talking about here). You canít bargain with it. There are no shortcuts to putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward. Nothing is given to you in running. You earn every mile, on your own, under your own power, with no mechanical help, no team mates sharing the load or responsibility, just you, testing your own capabilities and pushing your limits, and earning every result.

I like that.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ONMYMEDS 9/2/2013 12:00AM

    PASTAFARIAN, I guess you missed the part that said "I know people cheat at racing, but thatís not what Iím talking about here".

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PASTAFARIAN 5/21/2013 3:49PM

    You can't cheating at running? Have you never heard of Rosie Ruiz, Kip Litton, Ben Johnson, etc?

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SHIRE33 2/24/2013 9:09PM

    Great point! I like that running is mine. It's just me. And maybe my dog. :D

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TERRYT55 2/18/2013 7:01PM

    Excellent blog. You said it all SO well. Thank you


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AELARLEE1 2/18/2013 5:07PM

    Okay, this is an amazing piece of writing. LOVE IT!! I am ready to print it out and post it on my wall. VERY well done my friend!!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/18/2013 2:58PM

    I like the way you phrased that. Never thought about it like that. Makes running even more AWESOME! Thanks.

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CCSDESTINY 2/17/2013 4:11PM

    So true! In running you definitely only get out what you've put in! Hard work pays off!

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CHEMCHIC2006 2/17/2013 6:43AM

    Nicely put!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 2/16/2013 8:02PM

    I run more so I can eat more......I love both! lol!!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/16/2013 7:07PM

    I like that, too. Thanks for a simple but profound blog about my new favorite activity!-Marsha

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ROXYZMOM 2/16/2013 6:21PM

    I love this blog!!!! I miss running so much and can hardly wait to get the ok to start running again! I love everything you said and love my running music, too!!

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AEROBISAURUS 2/16/2013 4:05PM

    Exactly! I love this!!

"You earn every mile, on your own, under your own power, with no mechanical help, no team mates sharing the load or responsibility, just you, testing your own capabilities and pushing your limits, and earning every result."

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. emoticon


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_MOBII_ 2/16/2013 11:04AM

    And I like this blog :)

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CINDYTW 2/16/2013 10:37AM


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BOILHAM 2/16/2013 10:08AM

    What a great blog, Richard. Like strength training, running is something that rewards you proportionately with the amount of work you put into it. I like the comment that you can run as fast or as slow or as far as you want and still enjoy the benefits. It's truly a sport in which you can only win just by being out there.

Comment edited on: 2/16/2013 1:28:50 PM

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SEABREEZE65 2/16/2013 10:01AM

    I like that too. Just me and my shoes and out the door I go!!!!

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KAPELAKIN 2/16/2013 9:55AM

    So true! I always tell people that I like running because it's simple. It builds mental stamina just as much as physical stamina.

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RHONDALYN10 2/16/2013 9:41AM

    WOOHOO!! So very true! Sometimes I struggle with getting that first step going but from there on out it is all me.
You said this very well!! Thanks for the awesome blog!

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STRIVERONE 2/16/2013 9:24AM

    Your SparkFriend, Boilham, recommended that I check your page. This was the right day to check. I was greeted with a fresh blog entry with a great perspective. I feel the same way. I live in a very rural area and would need to drive 40 miles to find a gym or athletic facility. Then it would cost me something to take advantage of it. The only mandatory expense of running is a decent pair of shoes and the only logistic involved is opening my front door. That eliminates the most common excuses for not exercising.

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POOKASLUAGH 2/16/2013 8:28AM

    I totally agree!!

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CINERICIA 2/16/2013 7:58AM

    So true. You get out of running what you put into running, and there's not cheating that. And what's better than dropping to your living room floor in happy exhaustion because you toughed out a run through slush and rain and cold?

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BLUENOSE63 2/16/2013 7:51AM

  Very well said my friend - something so freeing about just putting one foot infront of the other even through slush and snow and puddles.

From another runner in snowy Ottawa Canada

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