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Running Completes Me.

August 30, 2009
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A very wise man once said: We are the messengers–fueled by the message we carry. When the message is of Truth, Beauty and love No big surprise there.

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I have been thinking a great deal about why I run. What pushes me out the door every single day to put one foot in front of the other and run 5 miles? It is so very hard to put into words but I really want to try.

Running is such an integral part of my life. A part of my every day routine. I simply don’t feel right if I don’t run. And by right, I mean I don’t feel complete. There are things each of us do daily, and for me running is one of the daily things that I do. Is it a need? Perhaps? But, it is also a want.

I won’t go into the obvious health reasons for running because we all know that already. Right? Not only physical but emotionally. The serotonin levels increase and anxiety and depression lessen. It’s not rocket science. It’s proven. Studies have been done. And I don’t know about you runners, but after a particularly hard run, I am spent, sweaty, breathing hard, cursing why the fuck do I do this but I thank my lucky stars that I do indeed “run”. It’s a gift to me. And I take it.

I take from running what I give to running. Let me explain. I give it my all every day. I give as much as I can, and even when I feel I cannot, I still go out there. I give and I give. But, running has given back to me so so much more.

I feel incredible. I feel strong both physically and emotionally. I am no Kara Goucher nor will I ever be, but I am my own person who enjoys the sport of running. It gives me tremendous confidence. I am a much better person as a runner. I think I am very motivating and supportive to my running peers. I love to learn and I love to help out when I can.

I have lost weight because of running. Sure, I need to lose more weight but I am trying. I am trying every day to eat healthier even if I screw up and have a cupcake now and again. I don’t mind because I enjoy those cupcakes.

I have met the most incredible friends through running. Long lasting friends. My running buddies up on my boardwalk are 20 year friendships. And every day that I run with them is like the first day. We never run out of things to talk about. We laugh, we cry and most importantly, we run.

My best running buddy is a man named Ted. . I am not that certain I want to say too much, this man is, besides my coach and inspiration, he is my extremely amazing friend. He is there for me 24/7. Always. NO.MATTER.WHAT. Besides, my family I don’t think I can say that about too many people in my life. He is greatness personified. And I will leave it at that.

There are others. Many many other peeps. Bloggers, some of whom I’ve met and this place Daily Mile. . Facebook for runners/bikers/swimmers. Insanely incredible people. Like too good to be true people.

I do realize that at times, I seem obsessed with running. And perhaps, I am. Addicted may be a better word. But, you know what, if I have to be addicted to anything, I choose running. It makes me healthy. It makes me who I am. I don’t define myself as a runner. But I do run. It is my passion. My lifetime passion.

The running community are a pretty awesome group. Honestly, I have never met a runner I did not like. And that is the truth. After the Brooklyn Half Marathon, a group of us went out for some food, my sister came along and she told me afterwards “WOW, what cool people you all are”. Now, my awesome sister is doing the C25K running program. . When, she told me she was doing this, my heart leapt with joy. When she told me she ran for 90 seconds straight I had the biggest grin on my face. I must have looked like an even bigger dork than I already am. No worries, I didn’t care. Just being able to share my passion with others, fills me with glee. Sister and I are running a 5K race on labor day weekend. We are doing it together and we will cross that finish line hand in hand.

When I broke my toe in January I was devastated but I knew I would be running again. When I got hit by a car way back in 1995 and shattered my ankle, oh I knew I would be running again. Running can be taken away from me, but I always get it back. Somehow, I just reach for it and it comes back to me. I may be much slower than I was, but I get the job done. I am not a quitter. If I start a race, I do not DNF unless I am injured and simply have to stop or else.

I have goals for the future. More races to be run. More PR’s to be set. It will happen. If there is one thing I am positive about, it is running. It is sheer perfection. Yeah, I run. Won’t you join me?

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. linneaviktoria permalink
    August 30, 2009 5:53 pm

    I just stumbled on your blog but I love it! I’m *very* new to running…I was a swimmer my entire life, until one day I couldn’t – two blown shoulders. I know exactly what you mean when you say running makes you feel like YOU – and running is slowly but surely becoming that for me as well. I’m still trying to figure out why I lace up and step out the door…I don’t know what to tell people when they ask…but hopefully when I figure it out I’ll be able to express it as well as you do!

  2. August 30, 2009 7:08 pm

    seems that running makes you happy. run on!

  3. August 30, 2009 7:16 pm

    I love this post! Running completes me too! It isnt until you *can’t* run everyday that you really appreciate how much it means to you. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. August 30, 2009 10:52 pm

    Running is good. Being happy is good.

    Hey, for the record, there is one runner out there you won’t like. I met one, once…a real jerk. We were giving him a ride to the finish area of a run he dropped out of, and started telling us we sucked because we weren’t running in the race. Well, it went on a bit, but we (me and the other guys crewing our guy out there) got a kick out of it, and still laugh about it sometimes. Oh well…

    (And I get really grumpy when I don’t get me exercise in. Kinda funny when the wife is trying to kick me out of the house since she knows I’ve been cooped up and am ready to blow.)

  5. August 30, 2009 11:04 pm

    Great post. I just want to say, since runners are very honest people too, that you need to make sure you rest. If you throw in a rest day a week, you’ll only be happier with your running.

  6. August 31, 2009 11:18 am

    I’d be about 20+lbs heavier, and losing my mind, if I couldn’t run.

  7. August 31, 2009 1:24 pm

    Well said!

  8. August 31, 2009 8:12 pm

    Oh gosh… I am trying to catch up with the rest of bloggers out there. Hey there sista… Thanks for the wonderful shout out. I do appreciate it. It is always a pleasure to be texting with you on a daily basis. This is something that I cannot stop. Without it, I would have lost my motivation to run. Your post said it all. I cannot imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t run. I would probably be sitting on the couch licking my orange fingers from munching on Cheetos and guzzling beers.

    You have been a terrific supporter and I THANK YOU FOR THAT !!!

  9. September 1, 2009 7:23 pm

    I will run with you….

  10. September 1, 2009 8:14 pm

    This is an awesome post. Well said!!!

  11. September 2, 2009 12:25 am

    i love love love your vibe! always so positive – lifts my day to stop by your blog 🙂 i’m glad you love running; i love running too so it thrills me to no end to meet others who love it as well. just can’t beat it. keep on trucking!

  12. September 2, 2009 11:47 am

    I find it really difficult to put into words why I run — especially if I need to be succinct (like when non-runner asks the question). You did a great job of describing it here.

  13. tinanmike permalink
    September 4, 2009 5:05 pm

    Hi! What a great, inspirational post! I am very very new to the running world, only a few months in, but I did my first 5K last weekend – and now, I’m hooked. Stop on by our blog – running, food, wine, family, music. You can find us here:
    http://tinanmike.wordpress.com/

    I plan on coming back here to visit quite often! It was great to meet you.

  14. Sarah permalink
    September 5, 2009 7:25 pm

    “Like too good to be true people.”

    I love this, and could not agree more. I blogged about that a little as I was preparing for the NYC Half last month and thinking about how much running has changed my life. The people who I have met are definitely one of the biggest “positives” that the sport has brought to my life. Amongst everything else that you listed and I can completely agree with, of course 🙂

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