I believe, for myself, that I fall more in love with running the more I need to fill a gap in my life. An emptiness that only another can fill. And when there is no other, the miles become my comfort. Maybe, it’s the discomfort of straining tired muscles or it’s rhythms that each foot step brings, that comforts me.
No matter the pain or pleasure, it’s like a comfort blanket to me. Maybe it’s because I can expect either around any corner or up any hill. Maybe it’s expecting the unexpected while running or it has become, expecting the expected.
I know what running brings me. I know how I’ll feel during and after. It sounds like an addiction and maybe that’s what running is. Just like any other pleasure we chase.
Running is my fallback. It’s Plan A and Plan B at the same time. It’s my passion and it’s my cement to fill the adverse times of sorrow.
It’s a want and a necessity.
And the more it takes up my life, the more I want to do it. Maybe that’s because it distracts my mind compared to when I’m idle. Or maybe it’s because it fulfills my given purpose and temporarily fills the void that others leave behind.
I’m ready to run to and away from the things that I do and don’t want to feel right now. I’m ready for the pain and pleasure. The accomplishment and the satisfaction that every step brings. And for the glory, appreciation and acceptance that running brings to life.
I have two articles published on UltraRunning Magazine’s website!
Two Wrongs Make It Alright: http://www.ultrarunning.com/featured/two-wrongs-make-it-alright/
Hope everyone enjoys them and let me know what you think of them!
“Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more than just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative.” -Steve Prefontaine
I know that what I do, is not for everyone and doesn’t appeal to everyone. But I hope that by doing what I love, it inspires you to do what you love or to try and find what your love is. I do believe a lot of people are not doing what they love or even halfway enjoy what they do day in and day out. If you are not happy, find your happy. We only get one chance at this one life.
I know that I am not exactly accomplishing anything while I am out on the trails. I am not scratching anything off a list of things to do. I am not collecting hours to make a bigger paycheck.
What I am collecting are bigger piles of nasty sweaty clothes and memories that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I might not be accomplishing anything measurable but my sense of satisfaction and achievement are what I am feeding.
Which is what makes me happy. An immeasurable accomplishment in itself that is the meaning of my life.
People say that time is money. It’s not. Money is infinite. Time is finite.
Time is a resource that we never get back once it is gone. And we have less and less of it as our lives continue on.
So while I post exclusively on running and my life accompanied with scenic photographs, my hopes are that I am inspiring you to go out and do what you love everyday. If running is your thing, I hope I spark a fire in you to explore new places and to sign up for races you never thought would be possible for yourself.
As for the others that might come across this post, do what makes you happy. Do what you love. And if you don’t know what that is, find it.
Find your happy. And once you do find it, go at it with all you have, including the time you have here.
“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” -Steve Prefontaine