There is something different about someone who runs. Some do it to be fit and healthy. Others do it because they like to push themselves to see where their limits are. Some do it to treat their body like a machine by analyzing and calculating data. Whatever the reason is, there is something that sets a runner apart from others.
It is the drive to make yourself better and the yearning for something more.
I used to lift weights. I loved the iron, the pump, the feeling of being able to move something that most people wouldn’t be able to budge. If I saw a runner, especially on a treadmill, I pretty much summed it up to someone who wants to lose weight. Then I would see a runner in the dead of summer, or freezing winter, and think “they must be crazy.” Why run unless you’re running from something or running towards something?
The runner gears up for battle and knows what’s at stake. He knows the hell he’s about to put his body through and laces his shoes up despite the pain that’s soon to come. The runner is dedicated. She realizes the time it takes, the commitment, the sacrifice. She puts one foot in front of the other anyway. The runner’s battle is either running from something that they don’t like about their life, or running towards something that they want in their life. In some cases it is both.
I run because I feel incomplete without it. Not necessarily running, but action and productivity in general. If I’m not producing something to make my world better, I feel empty. It took me a while to figure this out. I haven’t always been the most productive person. After I had kids, I didn’t have the two hours for the gym to lift weights. Before long I felt that something was missing. After realizing it was the lack of gym time, I knew I needed something. I figured I could do thirty minutes of running around the neighborhood, so I did. Like anything that requires pain, the body rejects it at first, but soon develops an affinity towards it. The pain fades and the body reacts by producing more energy, a clearer mind, and better overall health. It was after this relationship bloomed that I truly realized why people run.
I love the challenge, the trail, the road. The union between man and nature. There is peace in the pain.
Running makes me a better person. It solidifies my work habit and confirms my drive. It makes me live better. Work better. Write better. I’ve always been the type of person who has set a high standard for myself. The drive for something more has always been there. I’ve always been a runner, I just didn’t know it.