I like random ‘holidays’ – National Coffee Day (and it’s companion National Espresso Day) is a favorite. Of course, National Talk Like a Pirate Day is always good for a few laughs (especially when I’m teaching and ask my students to talk like a pirate when asking questions in class). In college I looked forward to Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day with great anticipation. I still remember getting a free cone, then returning with it to the end of the line so I could wait for my next cone.
Today was National Running Day. As a runner, I love a day in which my social media is filled (even more than usual) with photos and stories that depict the many ways in which running has touched the lives of so many. I’ve also tried to embrace the badge (above) that encourages runners to express what running means to them. In past years I’ve tried filling in the blank with the reasons I run, but this year I didn’t even try. There are just too many things I could say. And since running has contributed so much to my life, I refuse to confine it to a single statement.
Instead, I thought I’d make a list of some of the many ways that I could complete this thought. In no particular order:
I run ….
- because I’m stronger than my doubts
- to quiet my mind and soul
- to see what I’m capable of
- because I was told that I could never run again, and I refuse to put stock in those who say I can’t
- because I love ice cream and cheese dip and wine and cocktails
- because I have great memories of running with my father
- for the endorphins
- because it’s introduced me to some of the best people I know
- when I travel to get in some extra on-foot site-seeing
- because destination races are a great excuse to travel
- because I love the gear and cute outfits
- because strong beats the hell out of skinny
- to get away from my life
- to embrace my life
- because it makes me look forward to aging into new age-groups
- because I can compete against others or compete against myself
- for the challenge
- for the relaxation
- alone so that I can enjoy time with just my thoughts and my music
- with friends so that we can catch up while putting in miles together
- with groups to enjoy companionship and make new friends
- when it’s hot, when it’s cold, when it’s steamy, when it’s sunny, when it’s raining.