when the topic turned to running
"What are they running from?"
What am I running from?
I'm running from a size 16, 14, 12...
and a number on the scale,
from a lifetime of bad habits,
from hating my body
from a family history of depression and obesity
from a genetic predisposition to heart failure.
I run from the past,
from ten years of smoking,
from fallen arches
from, "too old"
from, "too late"
I run from feeling trapped,
from feeling like a loser,
from past regrets,
from things I wished I'd done differently,
I run from the back of the pack,
from "you're too slow,"
from "you must be crazy,"
from, "isn't that hard on your knees?"
when I run,
I run to nowhere in particular.
I run alone,
just me and the pre-dawn darkness
and my footsteps.
I know I'm slow,
and I run like a girl.
Try and keep up.
Thank you. I needed that.ReplyDelete
Ah, running. It does so much for us.ReplyDelete
Nice. Like it!ReplyDelete
Love the post. It certainly hits home.ReplyDelete
"I just felt like running."ReplyDelete
Great post, Misty!
I don't know about you, but I'm more than a little scared about 9/24. I raced last Sunday and saw some of the folks who are organizing this half and they told me I could stay out there 9 hrs if I needed to. I feel ok physically (except for being fat) but struggling mentally. Can't seem to focus on anything long enough to accomplish a task--even simple stuff. I think I'll just have to lighten up and not worry about speed and just enjoy the day. Now if only I can find someone to stay with my bike while I do the run--because everyone might be gone by the time I finish. I usually go to all my races alone--everyone is so busy with other things.
Please tell me how you handle your pre-race jitters--especially for a new distance.
Awesome post. I might have to print that out and put it on my wall. It's great, thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
That gave me chills. I also will print that for my wall, if you give me permission. :)ReplyDelete
Wow. I still have goosebumps. Amazing post!
i am totally priniting this and putting it on my fridge....beautiful postReplyDelete
Beautiful. Right. On. The head.ReplyDelete
Fantastic post. Thank you for the reminder.ReplyDelete
oh, that's a fantastic post. Someone on my blogroll linked to you today, and I'm having a grand time reading through some of the old posts. Just so you know. :)ReplyDelete
Beautiful. I am printing it right this minute!ReplyDelete
This is great. I love every word. Certainly going to link it from my post today. Thanks for putting the link to this on the side bar. :DReplyDelete
thank you...just, thank you.ReplyDelete