Running isn’t something that I thoroughly enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the “runner’s high” and the feeling of accomplishment when I complete a run, but I don’t always LOVE it while I’m doing it. In fact, I loathe it! I get the side cramps. I get exhausted and the feeling of defeat about halfway through when I want to throw in the towel to say, “I’m done. WHY am I doing this to myself?!?!”
One way I’ve gotten over that hump when it starts to kick in is by telling myself why I am running. What am I running for?!?!
I am running for those that can’t.
I am running for my mother. I can’t say that my mother was the best influence on my life. We had a very rocky relationship. But, as she pointed out many times, “She brought me into this life and she could easily have taken me out.” My mother died over 3 years ago. I run for my mother not because she would have been proud of me. I run for her because she wanted it for herself. She wanted to be in better health. She was so sick and out of shape. I remember her calls: “Guess what! I walked to the end of the garage today.” Then the next day she would call, “I walked all the way to the door from the garage today without stopping once.” Those days I was so proud of her…as a mother would be to her child. I was taking over the role of a mother to her. Deep down I know that’s all my mother wanted: to feel “taken care of.”
Why do I run? I run because I know there are so many people out there who need a proud moment. I know there are so many out there that can’t walk to the car. I know there are so many people who would give anything to go the extra five feet to the door. I run because I CAN!
Last year I was able to run the Dirty Girl Mud Run with my dear friend, Mickie! We had so much fun! We got dirty. We both wanted to stop and walk…and we did! But, along the way, something unbelievable happened. Total strangers were giving us their hands to pull us up as we stumbled through the obstacles. Total strangers were coming behind us, “YOU GOT THIS!” as they trekked right on by us.
There’s a feeling of camaraderie throughout the Dirty Girl run. There’s a feeling of pride. There’s a feeling of unity. You see…we are all women. We are all running for something. We all have a reason. Whatever your reason is…feel it! Believe it! Do it! There is no better sense of accomplishment as one when you have a team to do it with. And that’s what’s great about the Dirty Girl Mud Run! Your team is EVERYONE there. If you feel like you’re running alone…you’re not! You’re running with sisters, mothers, daughters, friends…survivors!
So, sign up today! Run (or walk) for those who can’t…because YOU CAN!
Comment to let me know why you run!
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