Recently I had to put down my thoughts and ideas about my take on running. I did this for my college cross country coach. What I wrote will help me come up with realistic goals for the future. I thought it’s best if I share with you all. At the end I encourage you to answer the same questions I had to answer or chose any question that catches your attention.
A runner is one who strives to push his/her mental and physical abilities through a variety of distances. There is a point in a runner’s journey where certain goals can only be accomplished when one learns to neglect how the body feels and focus on what the heart wants. I read a funny quote saying, “Running is 90% mental and the other half is physical.” I love being a runner. I love the running community. Running for some has become more than just a sport, it is a lifestyle. It is a way for people to help people in need by any means. There are no politics in the sport; therefore the environment that is created for everyone is suitable to where anyone can relate to the activity, without encaging in a heated debate. Running is teaching me one thing. Life is short. This was learned on my long runs. It doesn’t matter whether I am enjoying a long ten mile run or a grueling three mile workout, in the end the pain and pleasure all end.
I want to be an ultramarathon runner. As far as half marathon and marathon distances go, they are sure to test my psychical and mental capabilities. I want to push those boundaries on even longer runs, that way the true reason to why I run will begin to solidify. Along with these goals I would like to run a 1:15 or better for a half marathon and a 2:45 marathon in the near future.
Here’s your chance to answer the same question(s). I look forward to getting your take.
What is a runner?
Why do I like to be runner?
What do I like most about being a runner?
What is the most important thing I gain from my participation in running?
Is there one thing I would really like to accomplish in running?
Is there anything else I would like to accomplish in running?
Why would I like to work towards and accomplish these goals?