A few of the reasons that otherwise-normal human beings start to run:
“Mirror, mirror on the wall…” – wait a minute; who is that person in my mirror?!
Reminiscing about that college (or high school) (or junior-high-school-J-V) sports experience
Oh, *@##**! – I just spent how much on new skis? Time to get in shape for next ski season
Oh, *@##**! – I just spent how much on airfare and hotel? Time to get in shape for this vacation
A friend asks you to keep them company while they train (my personal gateway drug)
Seeing someone you love finish an event, and seeing the expression on their face
…Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Glory Days’ after you spent last evening binge-watching old TV shows while eating trash-food.
…The Rolling Stones’ ‘Start Me Up’ while watching a friend toe the starting line for a local 5K
…Melissa Etheridge’s ‘I Run For You’ – anytime
Seeing the video of Meb Keflezighi winning Boston 2014, then wrapped in the flag while smiling like a puppy in a pile of tennis balls
And once you do run that first event, thinking:
That was easier than I thought – I’m gonna do it again
That was tougher than I thought – I’m gonna do it again, but better
That totally kicked my butt – now it’s my turn to kick back!
But why, years and miles later, are we still running?
Because any day now, we might be forced to stop. And when that time comes, we will miss it. So as long as we can, we do (which seems like a pretty good summation of LIFE, by the way).
Not as often as someone else does. Not as far (no hundred milers for these legs!). And definitely not as fast – hence the Mid-Pack Runner label on this blog.
But we do run and we will run because mobility is a gift, breathing in fresh air is a gift, freeing our brains for a short time of all the complications and frustrations of the rest of the world is a gift, and finding we have something in common with all those younger/faster/more-graceful beings out there, is a gift.
If you run, you are A Runner. If you are A Runner, you run.
Running is simple.
Simple is Good.