Life is big, and life is complicated.
Running is simple: one foot in front of the other, as quickly as you like, for as long as you like. Everything else is optional.
Adult human life is deeply entwined with others – whether job or family, neighbors or government, or just trying to establish a place for yourself in a crowded world of not-enough-of-everything – most humans spend an overwhelming proportion of their time trying to satisfy others.
Running – especially for us MPRs, who are not paid or sponsored or skulked by the press – is about satisfying yourself.
In so many parts of life, you must invest years to get anywhere – to earn that diploma, work up that job ladder or write that symphony, to raise those kids from infants to adults, to reach that golden anniversary.
As an MPR you decide today to be a runner. You can stop being a runner tomorrow – and start again the next day, month, year, whenever. A new start every day if you want it.
In many sports, you compete to get on the team, compete to play a certain position, and even then get rotated in and out depending on how well you or someone else perform – or just the lucky chances that do or do not come your way.
As an MPR, you choose to run. You choose the distance, trails or road, event or solo, day or night, local or far away, tried-and-true or new-and-unknown. You are in control.
In any kind of group pursuit, even if you don’t do well, the enterprise may succeed, and you may still benefit. When the group succeeds, you share the glory (or maybe not – if you or they do not feel you contributed as much as you’d have liked). And when the group does not succeed, it’s pretty hard not to share the disappointment, even if you performed your very best.
As an MPR, success depends one hundred percent on you. There’s no one else to steal the limelight, no one else to share the blame – but remember:
Success and achievement in most parts of our lives are measured against external yardsticks – standards met and requirements fulfilled.
As an MPR, all that matters are your own goals; your own ambitions or lack thereof, your own satisfaction.
Running is Different – Running is Yours!
Reblogged this on runs to stand still and commented:
Some very accurate musings on the uniqueness of being a middle pack runner – we are masters of our own destinies!