In her song, "I Run for Life," Melissa Ethridge says:
I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth
For all that is real
I run for your mother your sister your wife
I run for you and me my friend I run for life
The song is about her experience with breast cancer, and she wrote the song for a Race for the Cure fundraiser. As I've been logging more miles in preparation for my first 10k at the Sunflower State Games, I've had plenty of time to think! Putting one foot in front of the other for seven miles Sunday, my wandered to why it is that I run. It's a question I'll get from time to time in exchanges that usually go something like this - "I ran five miles this morning." "Why?" So in no particular order as some of the reasons I run:
*I like ice cream...a lot!
*I don't like it when my pants get uncomfortably tight
*Pain is weakness leaving the body (ok - read that on a t-shirt somewhere!)
*Sweat makes me feel strong
*It's my "me" time
*Wildlife sightings - I've beenthisclose to little fawns, bunnies, fox, even snakes!
*Finally... this one's a bit deep or sappy or whatever you want to call it... but I've shared here before how I survived being abducted in college by kicking my way out of the trunk of my car. The next couple days, my glutes and legs ached. The first time I ran after that, I felt those same muscles working. Now, when I run and feel the burning in those muscles, it reminds me I'm strong enough to overcome more than I'll (hopefully) ever know.
Why do you run? or bike? or swim? or garden? Whether it's silly or serious, let's inspire each other!
SSG 10k Training Log: On the Surface
SSG 10k Training Log: Going the Distance
SSG 10k Training Log: Handling the Heat