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A mile is a mile…

Before I decided to commit to running this relay, running was always something that was fun and recreational to me. I realize not everyone shares this point of view, but I also understand what it’s like to be lazy and just not want to run. In high school I was someone who ran cross country…running in the 16-minute range for a 4k race. I could be fast if I wanted and I had the luxury of not always having to train as hard as others because running came naturally to me. BUT as I have grown older and my body and my metabolism has changed, I am finding it not so easy anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love running and I always will…but I know how hard it can be now to take that first step out the door and just run.

Now I run on a daily basis since committing to this relay because it’s not about me anymore and I will not have the lazy mentality and it is surely not something I can not train for. I am running for others, I am running for those who can’t, those who don’t have that ability anymore. It’s not about how tired I feel, or not having any time, or the weather is too cold…there are people who can’t or won’t ever be able to put on a pair of running shoes and just feel the wind at their back and feel the stride of their feet. I realize now more than ever that not everyone wants to run a crazy amount of miles in a short amount of time, heck I realize not everyone feels the same passion I do with running. But whether you run for fun, run to get in shape, or run for a charity/race…you still have a reason to run. Recently I had a facebook status up from a quote from Jesse Owens which was as follows:

“I always loved running. It was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”

After I had posted this particular status, a friend had commented saying “It’s different coming from a fat persons perspective.” This comment struck me as odd because to me…running does not discriminate. It does not matter if you are fat, skinny, tall, short, one legged or whatever else there is out there, a mile is a mile. It does not matter if you are going fast or slow, or even if you have to stop and walk…you are still beating everyone that is sitting on the couch doing nothing. Running is something that everyone can do, but many will chose not to. Running allows you to feel the wind in your hair, the sun beating down on your face, and the pavement underneath your shoes. It’s just you and your thoughts. That is why I love running, not because it’s easy. My point is, the hardest part is that first step…but whether it is one mile or ten miles it’s progress…and that is something to be proud of.3c3825ba8d15c1d4ce4b025f10e8365c

  • by Dawn Kumlien
  • posted at 6:28 PM
  • March 5, 2013