I love running for the beauty, simplicity, community, love, pain, courage, struggle, and patience it brings into my life. I hope to inspire you to love what you do and do what you love.
“The music of a marathon is a powerful strain, one of those tunes of glory. It asks us to forsake pleasures, to discipline the body, to find courage, to renew faith and to become one’s own person, utterly and completely.” -George Sheehan
I love watching other runners. The simplicity, grace, beauty, efficiency and joy. I love seeing them smile, struggle, laugh, and cry all in one race. I love running with other runners. The community and compassion that builds between runners. The friendships that form and the encouragement and struggles we share. I love running alone. The peace, tranquility, and quietness becomes a journey into my self. The smile across my face when I find my self a part of nature. The vastness of being in the mountains and the realization of how lucky I am.
I love running because it teaches me about my self and life. The simplicity of running is a beautiful thing. The more I can learn to live simply, the happier and more joyful I am. Running has taught me the value of patience and determination. An ultra running quote is “If you feel good, just wait”. The beauty of the quote is the truth it reveals. If you feel miserable all you have to do is wait. And the same is true in life. Things change whether they are ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Running has taught me to accept either and enjoy the beauty of both, the ‘good’ as well as the ‘bad’.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned from running is that pain is part of life. It is suffering that is an option. Suffering is truly a choice. It is how we react to pain which determines if we suffer. Because of running, I have learned that anything in life is possible. Sure, it may take a lot of work. It may take a lot of time, effort, sweat, tears, stress, and many ups and downs. But with patience, courage, determination, anything truly is possible. We have no boundaries!
Running has become a moving meditation for myself. I dwell within my self and ponder what else life has to bring. Because I treat running as a practice the benefits are more intense, the positive feelings are more rewarding, and I experience more joy, clarity and peace. Better doesn’t mean faster. Most of the time for me, it means slowing down. ‘Better’ at running to me means being able to go deeper within my body, mind and spirit. I accomplish that by enjoying nature, focusing on my technique and by loving the activity and people I share it with.
I love running for how it makes me feel, the lessons I learn, and the people whom I share it with. I hope you find this as well in whatever it is you love to do!
“There will never be a day when we won’t need dedication, discipline, energy, and the feeling that we can change things for the better.” -George Sheehan