“We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.” -Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile
For a runner, running is freedom. Running is facing your fears, your “I cannots” and going the extra mile. When your feet hit the pavement, it creates a symphony. A collection of notes you create. You set the tempo, the softness and the beat as you go along with Mother Nature’s rhythm.
Some days we conquer and others days we take it slow, erring on the side of caution. Then there are those days we have no fear. We plow through. Sometimes we arrive sooner and other times later. But we arrive. We are present.
We gain acceptance of the challenges, conquer our fears of the unknown and relish in the beauty and adventure. When we finish, we are humbled. We are strong. We overcame. We defeated our negative thoughts. We made it happen.
Whether we are crossing a finishing line, laying down to rest or slowing down to avoid injury, we conquered. We let running reign and so to will freedom.