The greatest compliment ever paid to me is usually the, "you are crazy lady!" Needless to say, I'm complimented that way on a daily basis. Most people don't get why we run. Don't ever expect them to.
Everyone has a purpose for running. Most people start out with a fitness goal in mind but what they end up discovering is something way deeper than that. My purpose in this phase of my life was to lose the 60lbs I gained from pregnancy, but I ended up gaining something way more valuable. I spent hours on the road alone with just my thoughts guiding me through each mile. With each "mile"stone gained was another path of self discovery. For the first time in my life I really challenged myself and pushed the envelope. Each of those moments became empowering. In the moments I couldn't push myself any further, I pushed for those who battled something way more challenging.
So you ask why I run? Why run twice today? Why run, its raining? Why run, its cold? Why run, you just finished a race?....I say," because its what I love!" Its normally followed by, "you are crazy lady!" All I can say to that is, "thank you!!"
My first steps as a baby according to my parents was actually a run. At 5yrs old my dad took me to the NYC Marathon, but truth be told I had no idea why people were running down the street. All this was foreshadowing for what was to be a life of running almost 30 years later. "If opportunity doesnt knock...build a door."
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