If you didn't know, today was the 2016 Boston Marathon. The male winner crossed the finish line in 2:12:45 with the female winner crossing in 2:29:19. Outstanding accomplishments to say the least! Boston is a special day for runners, whether you're toeing the line or not. It represents something special - a bond between runners all over the world.
So, today seems like a perfect day to take a step back and remember why we run. It's a good day to thank those who paved the way for us to be able to do what we love.
We no longer run to chase down our food or from something chasing us. We no longer run because we have to reach a certain destination and it's our only mode of transportation. So, why do we do it? Why do we choose to do something so physically and mentally challenging? Why do we choose pain? Is it because it's our human desire to push our body to the limits? Is it because we want to feel free? Is it because running reminds us of what we are capable of and that we are alive? Perhaps it's the sense of accomplishment. Whatever it is, be grateful for it.
Do you run for "me" time? Maybe running is your chance to escape every day life. It's your chance to focus on you, and clear your head. It's your time to be you and to enjoy the silence. Maybe this "me" time is the only chance you get to do a little dreaming. Dream on, friend.
Maybe you run for creativity. Perhaps your best ideas come to you when you're pounding it out on the pavement. Whether these thoughts are solutions to problems, new song lyrics, poetry, or the answer to life's burning questions, this is your time. The problem is remembering them later.
Do you run for stress relief? Maybe it's an anger management tool for you. Perhaps you have a stressful and demanding job with long hours and running is your chance to process your day and to leave the issues behind before you greet your family in the evening. Maybe you wake up early to run because it puts you in a good mood. Whatever makes you happy!
Maybe you run for someone. Maybe it's your kids. Perhaps you run because you want to know you are taking care of yourself so you can care for your family. Maybe you run so you can set a healthy example for your kiddos. You know they're watching. Don't ever forget that. Set a good example and make them proud. One day they'll cross the finish line with you.
How about you? Yes, you. So why is it that you run? I bet you run because you like it. In fact, you might not want to admit it, but I bet you love it.
You run because you enjoy the feeling of the air burning in your lungs and feeling your heart in your chest. The blood pumping through your veins lets you know you're alive, but it also reminds you life is fragile. You like the way your legs feel as you push harder and harder. You love the way your mind focuses on the task at hand, and you love the way you feel when you complete a workout you deemed impossible. You're a beast and you know it. You like pushing yourself and that's why you love running. Admit it. Be proud of it.
Ignore the people who tell you that you can't. Ignore the people who tell you it's so bad for your knees. Ignore the people on the couch. Get out there and celebrate the life you've been given. Run on, friends.
Happy Marathon Monday. See you in the morning.
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