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 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.
Running is a test of my strength - not just my physical - but my mental
The contest of me against myself.