Today, I am strong
[Note: Submitted as Octobers newletter article.]
As I’ve been preparing for my race this weekend, my first 50K, I’ve been thinking more and more about what running means to me. I’ve put my thoughts on paper – words to motivate me and keep me going. This month, I would like to share these thoughts with all of you.
I’ve put in my miles.
Some on the trail, and some on the road.
There’ve been days off, and months without a break.
I’ve tripped on roots, and been hit by cars.
But I’ve kept pounding the ground.
I’ve run up some hills, and walked down others.
Either way, I always end up further along on my journey.
There’ve been good days and bad.
Cramps, strains, and aches are no strangers to me.
Ibuprofen, ice packs and Bodyglide are my good friends.
And the feelings of accomplishment, elation, and pride are right alongside them.
Through brisk fall days, mid-summer heat, and winter’s biting cold,
Through pollen, smog, rain, and snow,
I’ve been out running.
All time well spent, putting one foot in front of the other.
The greatest runners in history and me.
We’ve all been through the same things.
The same conditions, the same results, another mile done.
As I head out the door, I know today is a good day.
Today, I am strong.
(And note to my Blue Ridge Relay mates, this is the motivational speech I should have given. Next year...)