…SO here it goes!
This one is especially for today. When all I want to do after a 12-hour night shift last night is curl up on the couch under a blanket and snuggle with my dogs—>
“When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t.” <—BUT, I have never regretted a run in the rain once I was out there pounding my feet on the pavement.
This is for all the times I think, “What the hell am I doing this for?”—>
“You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”
– Steve Prefontaine
AND then I remember this pic—>
“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.”
–Jesse Owens <—I haven’t always loved running! I am not even sure I LOVE it today. BUT I can do it. I can put on my shoes and run into with wind, leaving all others cares and worries behind me…if even for a few moments, I am at peace.
“Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'” – Peter Maher, Canadian marathon runner
I AM NOT A WIMP!
AND HERE IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE—>
“You also need to look back, not just at the people who are running behind you but especially at those who don’t run and never will… those who run but don’t race…those who started training for a race but didn’t carry through…those who got to the starting line but didn’t in the finish line…those who once raced better than you but no longer run at all. You’re still here. Take pride in wherever you finish. Look at all the people you’ve outlasted.”