Running for a Reason
At some point, our competitive days diminish and we look beyond our fitness and competitive reasons for running to ways we can help through running. Charities comprise a large entry of runners into marathons and half marathons now. However, even if your entry is not charity-based, you can still do things to run for charities specific to your interests. Below are a few of mine.
You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough.
You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish, if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.
In the battle of life, it is not the critic who counts; nor the one who points out how the strong person stumbled, or where the doer of a deed could have done better.
The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually strive to do deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends oneself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he or she fails, at least fails while daring greatly.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
This is one question that most runners don't have to ask. However, if they do, the stream of thought can be endless, philosophical, insightful, intriging, unique, and as special as any given run. Being runners, we understand why we run - how we feel when we don't run - what we run for. Non-runners ask this question of runners more than runners ask it of themselves.
This running site is not devoted to training, calendars, gear, or news. It attempts to get into the mind, heart and soul of the runner - to explore the thought processes, the motivations, the philsophy of running. It attempts to provide insight through running experiences - insight into running lives as well as what we have learned about ourselves through running. They can be simple thoughts or sensory observations like the smell of honeysuckle on a fresh late spring day. They can be complex thoughts solving the problems of the world or at least the logistics of getting the kids to their activities. In every respect they are still Runner's Thoughts and they are as diverse and quirky as our running styles. These thoughts don't have to come during runs. They can be thoughts about running at any time in any way, shape or form.
George Sheehan wrote a profound response to this question that was published in the November 2003 issue of Runner's World http://www.georgesheehan.com/essays/essay24.html. Dr. Sheehan was one of the greatest philosophers of running ever to write about the personal reflections of the sport. Every runner should know who he is, read what he has written, and ponder his thoughts on running as well as life.
I spend time on Runner's World Forums because I love the running community and love to read, talk and write about running. There are many wonderful stories told by people in these forums that inspire, motivate and answer the "Why Run" question. There was a post recently that touched and inspired so many of us, beginners and experienced runners alike. It was by a gentleman named Steve (aka oldmanrunner) who was taking in (lurking as Steve put it) the forums. He decided to write his first entry and here it is unedited. http://www.runnersthoughts.com/oldmanrunner.htm
It is inevitable, at some point, that we will need motivation for our running. It might be to get through the intense training regimen of a marathon or finishing our first 5K race. It just might be to take the first steps out the door on a cold winter morning or the first steps from a sedentary lifestyle. The mission of this site is to provide motivation for running, to explore the thoughts of running and to share running experiences. There have been many great writers of the running experience and the motivations of running - too numerous to mention here except for the links provided. It is not to replace their thoughts - to the contrary, it is to supplement their experiences with the experiences of ordinary runners.
This site is intended for commonplace runners (beginner to elite) who want to share their running experiences, thoughts and motivations that sometimes get bottled up in their runs and only explored during their runs. Many runners are budding writers wanting to share their thoughts for the love of the sport. They want to share tips, observations, and the joy running brings to their lives. The intention here is to publish, informally, any writings that other runners want to share and of course, to share my own.
Thank You for being one of visitors!