Last week, I was contemplating WHY I run. And the very obvious answer to me – was because I am a runner. while this may sound like circular logic, I don’t see it as any different that “I think there for I am.” Only its “I run, therefore I am a runner” or “I am a runner, therefore I run.” It made perfect sense when it occurred to me. For the large chunk of my life since highschool when I didn’t run – inside, I still thought of myself as a runner. I don’t mean it in the sense of Al Bundy as a football star – relieving “past glories.” Just that running has been a part of me since I found it in highschool, even when I wasn’t actively a runner. We would do our 1.5 mile runs in the Navy – and it was something I NEVER worried about – as I was a runner (even though I was only running 2 times a year at my semi-annual physical fitness test.)
The other interesting thing, is in regards to the blogs I read. Within the last week, after I realized this – The same exact phrase came up several times in other blogs. Then yesterday on “ACurvyGirlRunning” Storme stated “But I’m going to keep going. Stopping really isn’t an option. I’m a runner. It’s just what I do.” I figured even I can take a cosmic hint every now and then. Obviously when I thought “I am a runner…” and followed it up with “I should write a blog post about that” – I should have followed through.
Running is my escape. After a stressful day, the miles make the problems go away – even if just for a little while. My problems at that point consist of – “Can I run up that hill” or “Have I run to far from home to make it back” – both issues that are within my power to solve!