DRC Half Marathon Training Program - Training Tip

Why Do I Run? Author Unknown, Poem provided by Training Program Participant Bryan Crabb

Why do I run?

  • 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,
  • all partial reasons I suppose.
  • 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 test of my strength - not just my physical - but my mental

    • 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.

    The contest of me against myself.

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