What Do You Run For?
In the context of running many would say I have been a runner for 20 years now. Personally I would only claim the six years. During my first 14 years in the Army I ran because they told me to, not because it was something I wanted. In November of 2007 I was sitting in Alabama riding out a pretty easy assignment for my job. At the same time my friend was on his third tour in Iraq. He was an all around athlete and could run like the wind. He was taken from us on 22 November 2007. That is when I started running for a reason.
I now started to run because he could not anymore. I ran all the time. Motivation comes in all forms. I would venture to say this was motivation from beyond. That is now my core motivation, but I have others. I run and work out at the gym to become a healthier person. This is in the form of my measure of pride, my daughter. If I am able to set a goal and accomplish it she watches and knows that she too will be able to be successful. That is probably the easiest motivation out there.
Someone asked me a couple years ago why I ran all the time. I was in the middle of Afghanistan on a dusty Forward Operating Base at the time. They could not grasp what I was doing up early before missions running four to five miles at a time to get myself going. I told him when I run I free my mind of all the negativity around and basically am clear for the day ahead. He started joining me the next week and has not stopped running since.
So when the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you need that extra push to get you across the finish line, what do you do? Do you say “I can get it next time”? Is it a song that makes you go the distance needed. My wife would loop the eye of the tiger all day just to pump herself up. I personally think about my bud, turn on my ipod makes sure the laces are tightened and get after it. What do you run for?
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