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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Why Do I Run?!

You pretended the snooze button didn’t exist. You dragged your butt out of bed while others slept. While others ate their pancakes you had a feast of protein, glucose and electrolytes. You double-knotted. You left the porch light on and locked the door behind you. You ran 5Ks, 10Ks, 26.2 miles. Some days more, some days less. You rewarded a long run with a short run. And a short run with a long run. Rain tried to slow you. Sun tried to microwave you. Snow made you feel like a warrior. You cramped. You bonked. You paid no mind to comfort. On weekends. On holidays. You made excuses to keep going. Questioned yourself. Played mind games. Put your heart before your knees. Listened to your breathing. Sweat sunscreen into your eyes. Worked on your farmer’s tan. You hit the wall. You went through it. You decided to be man about it. You decided to be woman about it. Finished what you started. Proved what you were made of. Just kept putting mile after mile on your interval odometer. For 25 years, you ran. And we ran with you. How much farther will we go? As far as you will.”

LOVE THIS, It’s from a Nike add, today I needed to remember why I run?

Do you have times when you need to be reminded why you do what you do?

12 comments:

Run Sarah said...

Great quote -- thanks for sharing!

Liz said...

Wow! I love this quote! Thanks for the inspiration.

During my first marathon a few years ago in Chicago, I remember the "hitting the wall" moment. I looked up and there was a billboard that said "Today you will run 26.2 miles. Some people won't even drive that today." It perked up my steps for a little while.

I just started following your blog and love it! Keep up the good work!

aron said...

loooove this :) I have seen it before but it never fails to insprire each time I read it!

Matt said...

Great quote/ad. Makes me proud to be a runner :)

Siobhan said...

Yes! I'm starting to hit that wall and hoping I can push through it (at least until my 1/2 marathon in May)- Thanks for the inspiration!

RunToFinish said...

I don't know if I need to be reminded per say...but a little inspiration goes a long way to a better run

Mica said...

I love this ad! Thanks for sharing it, Bobbi. :)

Meg said...

I love this quote! Thank you so much for sharing!

Niki said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing! I will remember this when my alarm clock goes off at 4:30 tomorrow morning!

D10 said...

Awesome and so true!

Elina said...

Thanks for posting this! I needed some motivation today!!

Amanda said...

That's great, thanks for sharing!