A DRC Half Marathon Training Program Tip

By an unknown author

Why do I run?

Running is a test of my strength - not just my physical - but my mental

The contest of me against myself.

Those who don't, can't understand.

The pain is real every day. Is it easier now? Not really -

The same pain I felt the first day I began,

Only easier to cover greater distances in shorter periods of time.

The pain is the same, and I understand it always will be.

I dread it, and in a sense I crave it.

Why do I run? To stay in shape, to keep my health, to feel better,

The real reason is confirmation - confirmation that I, am in control.

Everyday I must make a choice - a choice to experience pain and discomfort,

in order to achieve a higher goal or to give in to the body's urging to do

something else more comforting and pleasurable.

Who is in control? My body or me?

Every time I run I verify to me that I am in control and that I can be the

master of my own destiny. That is ultimately why I run.

I feel guilty when I don't run - when the body wins.

Running is a challenge of my will - of mind over matter, of me against myself

Running is mental conditioning as well as physical, it's therapy of the "will" for me

Each run is success - the richest and most deeply satisfying.

Strangely but unmistakably tied to self-discipline, self-denial and self-control.

In a world where I often feel helpless, victimized and controlled, running helps revive

Feelings of hope, strength, and conviction that I can make a difference and I can be responsible for me.

An addiction or choice you say, and your right - there is a danger, so as long as I choose the value

remains true and real, so long as I control running and not running - me. Positive addiction or not,

the value is in the choosing. When the choice is gone I become controlled and victimized again.

One more thing in my life that tells me I am not in control, that I am simply a pawn of fate and circumstance. I must run as a choice, not out on

necessity or its real value is gone for me.

Why do I run? I run for success, success in the ultimate contest.

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