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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sometimes We Forget - That We Get to Run

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: January 14, 2014

Trail Runner magazine has done a daily motivational post to start 2014 and the other day had one that really resonated with me.

Enough that I made it my background on my computer.

I do not have to run - I get to run - Image from Trail Runner Magazine

Interesting words:

I do not have to run. I get to run

I have read and heard this saying many times before and came really close to using it as my blog's tagline today, when I updated my header, but at the last-minute decided to use A Road Less Traveled by Robert Frost.

What do these simple words mean to me?

I do not have to run.

Nobody forces me to go out the door, in hot, cold, rain, snow, winds and all the other weather conditions that I have run in or get on the treadmill to do mile after mile of mind-crushing tediousness - all to simply go for a run.

After all I do not have to run, actually it would be easier to not run.

Which to be quite honest I have done at several points of my life.

I do not rely on running to provide my income to support my family or lifestyle. It is not required for me to stay healthy or at a reasonable weight, running does not pay the bills, in fact it causes more than a few extra ones. When I stop and look at it, there are many more reasons not to run than I really want to think about.

So I do not have to have to run and sometimes often it would be a lot easier if I did not.


I get to run.

It means that I can run.

Many cannot.

I think of Travis Mills and the many others who would love to be able to run but cannot and those who still attempt to run despite of their challenges. I do not have those challenges.

The picture says more than I ever will

I am healthy, currently uninjured and can run. I have been injured and unable to run and it sucks, to not be able to do something that you love to do and want to do.

Take the bad with the good :-)

It means that I can make a choice about whether I want to run or not.

I think that is one of the most important things about why I run - is that it is a choice - my choice.

Short stumpy guy, covered in mud

I can choose to make and take the time out of my life to go running. It might mean I have to sacrifice something else: sleep, quiet time, family time, time watching TV or all those other things that we do over the 24 hours a day we have, but I can make time for a run if I choose to.

The reality is that

Even on those days that it sucks to be outside in shitty weather or stuck doing those onerous double-digit runs on the treadmill, I am doing something that I choose to do.

Not something that I am being forced or have to do, something I/we choose to do.

The run may suck, while I am doing it and I do what us runners do very well (piss and moan about the weather or whine about having to run on the dreadmill), but I have to remember that I am running because I get to, not because I have to.

Sometimes we forget and take that for granted

I do not have to run. I get to run.

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